Russian Orthodox Archpriest
Dmitri Smirnov. (MEMRI)
Archpriest Dmitri Smirnov, chairman of the Patriarchal Commission on Family Matters, and the Protection of Motherhood and Childhood in the Russian Orthodox Church, said he believes Christian civilization is nearly dead and that in 30 years Europe will be dominated by Muslims, and Russia will suffer the same fate in about 50 years.
Speaking on Russia's Soyuz TV on May 5 -- translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) -- Archpriest Smirnov said, "There is very little time left until the death of the entire Christian civilization. Several decades, perhaps 30 years, well, maybe in Russia it will last 50, no longer."
"And then," Christians "will be like peas scattered across European countries," he said.
Muslims pray in the streets of Moscow, Russia.
"Christians will not dare stick their necks out," said the archpriest. "They will congregate in small groups and will be persecuted. the rehearsal is already underway. In Europe, Christian women are being raped and murdered, and the men who are forced to protect their women are unable to do so, while rapists are sentenced to one-year probation maximum."
"This goes on in Europe and we are next in line," said Fr. Smirnov.
Concluding, he remarked, "In three decades, the whole of Europe will turn Muslim and Christians will live in a semi-underground" existence.
Russia, the largest country in the world in terms of land mass, has about 59 million people who adhere to Russian Orthodoxy. There are an estimated 9.4 million Muslims in the Russian Federation. The total population is estimated at 144 million.
Muslims pray on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. (Screenshot: YouTube)