Putin: Catholic Church in Russia must register with the government as “a foreign agent”.

On March 15, a Catholic parish in Novocherkassk was ordered to pay a 450,000-rouble ($14,600 U.S.) fine for allegedly failing fire safety standards.

Fr. Aleksi Polisko, rector of the city’s Most Blessed Virgin Mary parish, which has just 50 regular Massgoers, told Agence France-Presse the fine was around 150 times the parish’s weekly income, but said the local procurator had threatened to close his church unless it was paid within a month.

The director of Caritas in St. Petersburg, Natalya Pevtsova, told the Interfax news agency that officials had “examined everything … from the state of our toilets to our charity documents,” during the raid of her offices.

Russia’s million-strong Catholic Church has long complained of discrimination in Russia and protested when a Moscow charity house belonging to Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity was bulldozed in 2011 and a Catholic parish in Pskov was barred from building its church because of “legal technicalities.”

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Editor’s note: I wonder if Putin might be able to help us reign in the outrageous USCCB Catholic Campaign for Human Development, right here in the good old USA?

1 Comment

  1. Putin, is former KGB……He Doesn’t like Churches(PERIOD!)
    All the Marion Miracles will NOT change his Mind! Russia is not going to be conquered, even though the Cold War is over…..Communism has taken it’s toll on her….she doesn’t like Religion!


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