Russian Orthodox Church supports physical punishment of children

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Physical punishment of children is an important traditional value, according to the Russian Orthodox Church.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the amendments of the criminal code under which parents that use physical violence against their children can be punished with two years imprisonment; the Russian Orthodox Church however, expressed its opposition to the new law.

Family Affairs Committee of the Church issued a statement expressing its "concern" over the issue.

According to the church, the most important problem with the new law is that it can be used against good parents and as such, it has an anti-family bent; it opposes traditional values, "healthy family policy" and damages the moral foundations of society.

The Church believes that on occasions "loving parents" may feel the need to use physical force to discipline their children.

The new law is an attack on the institution of family and closely related to anti-family, and satanic ideologies says the statement.

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