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Metropolitan Hilarion asks priests not to refuse Orthodox and Catholic in marriage

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=6898 04 February 2010, 16:45 Metropolitan Hilarion asks priests not to refuse Orthodox and Catholic in marriage
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      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
      Metropolitan said.

      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.
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