Metropolitan Hilarion Of Volokolamsk
The head of the Synodal Department for external Church relations Metropolitan Hilarion in the program “Church and world” on TV channel “Russia 24” stated that the drop in the level of consumption of the Russians has caused the Church to be sorry. Issue of June 10, published on the website of the transfer.
The Metropolitan said that the gospel does not say that wealth should be condemned.
“When a person is worthy of working, he should be able not just to feed their families and make ends meet, and to have the opportunity to live in dignity,” said the Metropolitan.
He explained that in the Christian tradition does speak of the inadmissibility of self-interest: wealthy people should share with the poor, but that does not mean that all are obliged to live in poverty.
At the end of may, the Bank published a report which stated that the real incomes of the population at the beginning of 2017 continued to decline, despite the resumption of economic growth, and in April reached the level of 2009.
On may 22, the Federal statistics service reported that real disposable monetary incomes of the population fell in April to 7.6 percent compared to the same month last year. In March, they increased by eight percent due to a one-time payment to retirees.