On February 13, 2013, a press conference dedicated to the results of the Consecrated Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church, which took place in Moscow on February 2-5, 2013, was held at the Most-Dnepr news agency. Metropolitan of Dnepropetrovsk and Pavlograd Iriney, head of the Dnipropetrovsk diocese of the UOC, took part in the meeting with journalists.
In his opening speech to the representatives of the regional media, Bishop Irenaeus spoke about the past Bishops’ Council, which discussed important social topics related to the Church’s attitude to juvenile justice and family law reform, the Church’s position on environmental issues and in connection with new technologies for personal accounting and identification. It was these problems that were raised by ordinary people, and the Council responded to the requests of people to make an official judgment of the Church on these topics,” the hierarch said.
Bishop Irenaeus dwelled in more detail on three documents adopted at the last Council: “The Position of the Russian Orthodox Church on the Reform of Family Law and Problems of Juvenile Justice”, “The Position of the Russian Orthodox Church on Current Environmental Issues” and “The Position of the Church in Connection with the Development of Accounting and Processing Technologies personal data”
Speaking about the latter document, the bishop, in particular, said: “The Council of Bishops of the Russian Church spoke in favor of granting citizens the right to refuse new technologies for processing personal data for one reason or another, emphasizing that new technologies for identifying citizens should not be forced and uncontested.”