8019Russian clerics leave meeting on Orthodox-Catholic dialogue
- Oct 10, 2007Oct 10 2007
Russian clerics leave meeting on Orthodox-Catholic dialogue over rifts
MOSCOW. Oct 10 (Interfax) - A delegation of the Moscow Patriarchate on
Tuesday left a meeting of the Mixed Commission for Orthodox-Catholic
Theologian Dialogue, which opened in Ravenna, Italy.
"Following their arrival in Ravenna the Orthodox delegation learned that
representatives of the so-called Estonian Apostolic Church, formed in 1996
by the Constantinople Patriarchate on the canonical territory of the Moscow
Patriarchate, had been entered on the list of delegates," Archbishop
Illarion of Vienna and Austria, the Russian Church's envoy in Europe and a
member of the Mixed Commission, told Interfax.
Archbishop Illarion told the Orthodox members of the Commission that the
Moscow patriarchate does not recognize "the Estonian Apostolic Church" as an
autonomous canonical organization, and warned that if its representatives
did not leave, the delegates of the Russian Church would do so.