February 28, 2011
Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev

Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev

Classical music is underappreciated for its spiritual contribution to the Church, the metropolitan of the Russian Orthodox Church said Feb. 9.

"I am well aware of the insignificant number of young people who listen to classical music, whereas almost everyone listens to popular music," said Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev in a talk at The Catholic University of America in Washington.

"This I consider to be a real tragedy."

However, he said he believes secular music "is possible within Christianity, including that which exceeds the limits of classical music which I love so much.

Christianity is inclusive; it does not set strict canonical limits to art," he said.