Catholic And Orthodox Theologians Collaborate To Promote Unity
- 2004.11.07 Zenit:
CATHOLIC AND ORTHODOX THEOLOGIANS COLLABORATE TO PROMOTE UNITY
Experts of Both Churches Contribute to Project
ROME, NOV. 7, 2004 (Zenit.org).- Collaboration between Catholic and
Russian Orthodox churches in theological publications is advancing
dialogue towards unity, according to Metropolitan Philaret of the
Russian Orthodox Church.
"The 100 Books of Theology of the 20th Century" was presented in Rome
last week at Communion and Liberation's international center with the
participation of Metropolitan Philaret, also president of the Synodal
Theological Commission of the Russian Orthodox Church.
The initiative is the result of the work conducted by Metropolitan
Philaret, the Moscow's Library of the Spirit Cultural Center and the
Christian Russia Foundation.
"The rebirth and full development of the theological traditions will
be impossible if our theologians do not know fully the evolution and
fruits of Christian thought of the last century, period in which the
possibilities of our theological school were substantially limited by
the external circumstances," said Metropolitan Philaret.
To complete the collection the commission involved the best known
Orthodox experts of different subjects representing the most
outstanding centers of study of Russia, such as the theological
academies of Moscow and St. Petersburg, the St. Tikhon Institute and
the Orthodox Encyclopedia.
On the Catholic side, the project enjoys the patronage of Cardinal
Angelo Scola, patriarch of Venice; Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn,
archbishop of Vienna; and Archbishop Francisco MartÒnez of Granada,
The Library of the Spirit Cultural Center was founded in Moscow in
1993, at the initiative of the Christian Russia Foundation, Caritas
Moscow and the Orthodox Theological Faculty of Minsk.
Its activity has an ecumenical dimension and creates conditions for
cultural and pastoral exchange among the different confessions. The
center is a point of reference for Christian publishing houses in
Russia. It publishes and distributes books that are sent to the most
remote regions of Russia, and promotes numerous cultural initiatives.
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