Russian Archpriest says children shall be punched in face for filthy communication

Russian Archpriest  says children shall be punched in face for filthy communication
Russian Orthodox Church Photo: Sergey Pyatakov/RIA Novosti

The priest says this method is the most effective.

Head of the Russian Orthodox Church’s patriarchal commission for family, motherhood and childhood protection - Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov - has recommended to punch children in face for filthy communication for the purposes of education. He says this method helped him cure his mentee of a bad habit of using foul language.

“I punched him in the face, and now, it’s been 5 years since he’s not been using foul language,” Govorit Moskva radio station quotes Smirnov as saying.

The priest says this method is the most effective, but it’s better to avoid it. It’s more important for a person to watch his or her mouth on his or her own.

RIA Novosti reports that the Russian Orthodox Church considered Smirnov’s recommendation a joke. “Father Dmitry Smirnov is known for his illustratory similes and images, and we believe in this case, he - during the real-life communication with those who interviewed him - made a joke,” Russian Orthodox Church spokesman Vakhtang Kipshidze told RIA Novosti.

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