Russian Catholic official criticizes court ban on Jehovah’s Witnesses

Russia’s Catholic Church has condemned a Supreme Court decision to outlaw the Jehovah’s Witnesses and warned the move will increase fears of new restrictions on Catholic rights.

“Churches like ours don’t recognize the Jehovah’s Witnesses as Christian and don’t engage in dialogue with them, but we must distinguish theological issues from legal rights,” said Msgr. Igor Kovalevsky, secretary-general of the Moscow-based Russian bishops’ conference.

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