The Morality of Public Life as a Condition of Justice and Peace:

The Position of Patriarch Kirill (Gundyayev) of Moscow at the Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in St. Petersburg in the Context of Political Engagement of the Russian Orthodox Church

  • Marcin Składanowski The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Faculty of Theology
Keywords: Patriarch Kirill of Moscow; Russian Orthodox Church; Inter-Parliamentary Union; morality; public life


The article is an analysis of Patriarch Kirill’s speech at the assembly of the Inter-‑Parliamentary Union (IPU) in St. Petersburg. It primarily discusses the demand for moral consensus, which is a condition for just laws and true peace. The article starts with a presentation of the specific political and religious context affecting the interpretation of both the IPU assembly in St. Petersburg and Patriarch Kirill’s speech. Subsequently, the author presents the Patriarch’s criticism of the liberal system of values and the conditions of genuine moral consensus; he also discusses the role of religion in reaching this consensus.


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