Vaclovis Aliolis, 1990

Vilnius, Sept. 19, 1990
Dyer’s interview with a priest, Father Vaclovis Aliolis. He says they can’t teach religion in schools but otherwise they are quite free.

Dyer asks whether the repression of the church had the same effects as in Poland— to make it stronger so there would be fewer people falling away from the church, as happened in Western countries.

He says no, the repression was too great and the church is weak. About half the population of Lithuania are believers. They may not practice their religion but they call themselves believers.

The Uniate Catholic church is still not legal in Ukraine. The government is not so much opposed to it but the Orthodox church is opposed to making it legal.

The Russian Quest for Peace and Democracy, by Metta Spencer, published by Lexington Books