The Russian Orthodox Church suggests introducing administrative punishment for using abusive language in public places.
"I think that for saying foul words in public places people should be
fined, thus we will break this ugly habit. We should not contaminate our
life and environment with the words that should not be said," head of
the Synodal Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan
Hilarion of Volokolamsk said on air on his program Church and the World on Rossiya 24 TV chanel.
He says that the Church cares much about it telling people that words do
not only reflect a person's inner condition, but also form
corresponding views and attitude to life.
"It is not by chance that the Lord said "everyone will have to give
account on the Judgment Day for each idle word they have spoken.” And I
think that the Lord will ask very strictly for abusive words from every
person," the hierarch said.
He confessed that he had not said a single foul word for fifty years of his life, even when he served in the army.
"First, they laughed at me, mocked at me for not speaking foul language.
But at the end of my service term they did not use abusive language in
my presence, so I managed to protect my position. It was not simple,
especially in the beginning, as a young soldier is subjected to various
mockeries and scorn, and here I had such a peculiarity. But I did not
step aside from my principle and in the end I felt that people were
embarrassed to use abusive language when I am near," the metropolitan