Problems in Orthodox Parishes in Finland
- Problems in Orthodox Parishes in Finland
On 1 September 2009 Archbishop Hilarion of Volokalamsk, the Chairman of the
External Relations Department of the Moscow Patriarchate, met Archbishop
Leo, head of the autonomous Finnish Orthodox Church.
Picture of Archbishops Hilarion and Leo
Various topics were discussed, above all the problem for Russians who have
emigrated to Finland. Given that Russian Orthodox naturally refuse to attend
services on the Roman Catholic (so-called 'Neo-Julian') calendar, as used by
Finnish parishes, which also use the anathematised papal paschalia to date
Easter, the spiritual needs of Russian Orthodox in Finland are not being
met. It is this pastoral problem which concerns the Russian Orthodox Church
both inside and outside Russia.
Archbishop Hilarion suggested that Finnish seminarians could be sent to
Russia in order to be trained in normal Orthodox practice. They would then
be able to cater for the spiritual needs of Russian Orthodox in Finland.
20 August/2 September 2009