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Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz about death penalty in Belarus: Life is the greatest gift of God

Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, Metropolitan of Minsk and Mogilev, Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church in Belarus, has given an interview to the program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalev.

Good evening, Your Grace. Thank you for finding time to give an interview.

Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz:
Good evening. Thank you for inviting.

When I recorded an interview with one of Russian politicians, I heard the opinion that the majority of the problems that arose with the assimilation of Muslims in Europe have a connection with the EU Charter, in which a point about the dominating role of Christianity was removed for tolerance reasons. And it is not written at the legislative level. Do you agree with that?

Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz:
Church and state are self-contained units. Should it be written somewhere? This is another matter. This is only a charter. Not a law. Some wanted to write in that charter some points about relationship to God, to Christianity. I support it, since Europe has grown out of Christianity, Europe has Christian roots. This would not be a law but anyway this is important. And this is a pity that we don't have such things written in official documents. We should learn from our mistakes. However, we are still guided not by constitutions or charter but first of all by the might of God.

Belarus is a secular state, but the voice of the Roman Catholic Church or the Orthodox Church can be heard. If you had an opportunity to introduce at the legislative level only one law, which one would it be?

Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz:
You know, we see today that on the one hand, Belarus and the Belarusian government strive to preserve the gift of God - the life, and it's very good. They support family. But we see that abortion clinics are numerous and artificial insemination is widespread.

I would like us to adopt a law in which we state that life is the greatest gift of God, which no person may infringe. This also applies to death penalty.

According to his statements, Pope Francis is sometimes called a communist. He refuses. Because he is against globalization, which makes the hole between the rich and the poor wider and wider. He says that people now think that the death of a person is not a tragedy. But when some stock prices rise or fall, this is considered a world tragedy. But what would you call the greater evil: the insane face of capitalism and totalitarian communism? You, after all, lived most of your life in a Soviet country with communist views and at the same time you see at the moment what capitalism is.

Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz:
However, Pope Francis, and especially John Paul II were against both alternatives. We need to act according to the Divine Law. Whether it is a capitalist or a socialist system - it is another matter. We should strive for justice. Once there was a common term, in Roman times: "If you want peace, prepare for war". No one says this way today.

More now say: "If you want peace, protect justice."

And many of these problems arise in the modern world, because justice is in danger. Globalization leads to differences between the rich and the poor. Why? We must look for the causes of all this. And the reason is that in this very globalization we don't preserve God's right to fairness, social justice, love for another person. We must remember that the other person is also a human being.

The poorest person in the world has the same dignity as the richest man.

Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz: Life is the greatest gift of God