» 04/18/2007, 00.00
Orthodox Church and scientists against euthanasia
Russia’s Federation Council is to vet a draft bill legalising euthanasia in ‘exceptional cases.’ “Doctors, lawyers and representatives of public organisations” will decide requests by terminal patients. “Absolutely amoral from the Christian viewpoint to help one commit a suicide,” says Moscow Patriarchate representative. Religious groups should be involved in the debate.
Moscow Patriarchate says no to ecumenical prayers
Number two in the Department for External Church Relations urges Orthodox not to pray with members of other confessions, adding that “nowadays no one speaks seriously about reunification”.
Crackdown on demonstrations on the eve of the new anti-Putin march
After Duma go ahead, the Russian Senate also approves the bill that tightens sanctions on those who engage in unauthorized demonstrations. Citizens risk having to pay up to 7 thousand euros. To become law it only needs the signature of the President.
Right to demonstrate at risk in Duma bill
Anyone who has been fined, or guilty of administrative violations can not organise public gatherings. Local authority control on all events reaffirmed, not just those unwelcome by the regime.
Moscow Patriarchate to “monitor” Catholic orphanages
The decision comes at the end of a meeting by a joint working group on problems between the two Churches. The Patriarchate wants to keep an eye on Orthodox children who live in Catholic institutions. This however has been the rule for years. Once again silence prevails on other, more important issues.
Parliament debating law to stop NGOs
NGOs and human rights groups say draft bill would be a “death sentence” for NGOs. Vote is expected on 30 June. International mobilisation is being organised but the government does not appear open to negotiations.
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