Catholic and Protestant Churches in Russia constitute a
greater danger to the Russian state than do satanic cults or Islamic extremism,
according to documents identified as official government sources, as reported in
the Russian newspaper Gazeta.
The Italian news daily La Stampa carried a summary of the
Gazeta document, and the scandal it is causing.
The document, which Gazeta states comes from Russia’s
Ministry of Nationality, declares that the “Catholic Church of Rome” regards
Russia as a “province,” and denounces efforts to convert Russian Orthodox
believers to the Catholic Faith.
The Catholic Church is first on the list of extremist
religions, and is a “source of danger” to Russia, because many of its personnel
in Russia are non-Russians, or “have studied abroad,” according to the