Kochanova thanks the Belarusian Orthodox Church for its active role in the discussion of the draft Constitution



MINSK, Jan. 18 (BelTA) — Speaker of the Republic Council of the National Assembly, Natalya Kochanova, thanked the Belarusian Orthodox Church for its active participation in the discussion of the draft Constitution while attending a -form of dialogue organized by the Minsk Diocesan Administration of the Belarusian Orthodox Church on January 17 to discuss proposed amendments and additions to the Constitution, BelTA learned.

“The Belarusian Orthodox Church makes a significant contribution to the public debate on the draft Constitution. I appreciate the active participation of the clergy in the work. You communicate a lot with people, your knowledge and understanding of what is happening in society is valuable. In general, I would like to thank the Orthodox Church for the joint effort to solve the problems of alcohol abuse, drug addiction and bad language. The situation of these social scourges is not critical in the country, but they are a major source of concern for the public. We receive positive feedback on dialogue platforms and hotlines for our efforts in these areas,” said Natalya Kochanova.

According to her, the Council of the Republic has received more than 5,000 proposals from the public and initiative groups. “It is not easy to reconcile everyone’s interests, but the Constitution should include all the points that are essential for everyone,” she stressed.

According to the chairman of the Synodal Information Department of the Belarusian Orthodox Church, priest Igor Vasko, the clergy presented about ten proposals to be included in the Constitution. “All were based on public requests and wishes. The protection of family values ​​​​is a key element; other important proposals relate to culture and centuries-old traditions, historical continuity,” said Igor Vasko.

The clergy also suggested that the future Constitution should include an article on the protection of human life from the moment of conception, and a clause that says that the Belarusian people are aware of their responsibility to God, as well as a clause on protection from the destructive impact of information technology.

The meeting was attended by representatives of various dioceses, synodal departments and commissions of the Belarusian Orthodox Church. Natalya Kochanova told the audience in detail about the draft amendments and additions to the Constitution, and also listened to the proposals of representatives of the Belarusian Orthodox Church and recorded them for further discussion in the group of work and with the Constitutional Commission.

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