Metropolitan Hilarion asks priests not to refuse Orthodox and Catholic in marriage
04 February 2010, 16:45
Metropolitan Hilarion asks priests not to refuse Orthodox and
Catholic in marriage
Moscow, February 4, Interfax - Head of the Department for External
Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk reminds that
the Russian Orthodox Church accepts mixed marriages between
Christians of different confessions.
"Basic Social Conception" allows mixed marriages, but not all priests
follow this recommendation," Metropolitan Hilarion said on Thursday
in Moscow session of the Christian Interconfessional Consultative
Committee of the CIS and Baltic countries.
He said he often had to deal with complaints from believers as
priests refused them in marriages with representatives of other confessions.
"Such problem exists, when, on one side, there is an official
position and, on the other side, it is not known in practice," the
Head of the Catholic Archdiocese of the Holy Virgin in Moscow
Archbishop Paolo Pezzi urged the participants "to mutual search of
ways to overcome spiritual crisis" and to jointly work out a pastor
attitude to consolidating the notion of traditional family, which a
monogamous family with many children.