Rock-Opera "Jesus Christ superstar" does not offend the feelings of believers. On Tuesday, 1 November, said the head of the Synodal Department of the Moscow Patriarchate on relations of the Church with society and mass-media Vladimir Legoyda, reports RIA Novosti.
According to him, the Church blesses artists who find inspiration in religious subjects. The works that emerged from rethinking the gospel according to Legoyda, "show us glimpses of Christian culture." He stressed that among the parishioners of the Russian Orthodox Church, there are people who came to faith under the influence of Opera "Jesus Christ superstar".
The interpretation of the story, presented in a rock Opera, according to Legoyda, cannot be considered an insult to the Shrine. "Between blasphemous and non-canonical image of the Shrine — chasm, invisible only culturally short-sighted man" — he stressed.
31 Oct became aware of the letter that a group of public activists from Tyumen sent the Governor of the region Vladimir Yakushev. They demanded to cancel the screening of the play "Jesus Christ superstar" in the local Philharmonic society, as this work is, in their opinion, offends the feelings of believers is blasphemous.
Previously, the screening of this play in Omsk was banned at the request of public organization "Family, love, Fatherland", called the work "continuous blasphemy and violation of sacred meanings." Omsk diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church later said, that has nothing to do with the cancellation of the show, and it was a personal initiative of activists.
"Jesus Christ superstar" rock-Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim rice. Premiered on Broadway in 1971. In Russia there are several performances at different venues and in different translations.
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