The Head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations, Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, urges people to be more tolerant of the way parishioners are dressed.
Sometimes casually dressed young men and girls in trousers came to Church "to find support and understanding, but were subjected to insults and humiliation," the Archbishop said.
He considers such an attitude "a disease we should fight against," the Department of External Church Relations website reported on December 14, 2009.
Archbishop Hilarion points out that women's trouser suits have been produced in Russia and in the West for over 80 years; consequently, we cannot consider trousers to be men's clothing only. He stressed, "The Lord looks at a person's heart, not at his or her clothes."