Russian Orthodox Church Frowns on Bullfighting

MOSCOW, SEPT. 5, 2001 ( The Russian Orthodox Church is opposing a Portuguese bullfight in Moscow scheduled for this weekend.

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“I am sure that such a spectacle will make its evil contribution to the obtrusive propaganda of violence,” said Patriarch Alexy II in a recent press statement.

“I would like to join my voice to that of those who resolutely disagree with penetration of such spectacles in Russia, and especially with their obtrusive advertisement,” the patriarch said in a letter to Vera Maximova, president of the Russian Society for Animal Protection.

“I shall not repeat that the spectacles, which deliberately expose the lives of animals and … people to danger, are immoral and dangerous to society,” he wrote.

Bullfighting, he added, is increasingly “condemned in the countries of its origin. It is a contradiction of Russian law as well as of our spiritual tradition.”

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