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Russian Orthodox Synod Criticizes Planned Greek Catholic Move to Kyiv

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    http://www.risu.org.ua/eng/news/article;6200/ Russian Orthodox Synod Criticizes Planned Greek Catholic Move to Kyiv 22.07.2005, [02:06] // Foreign relations //
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      Russian Orthodox Synod Criticizes Planned Greek Catholic Move to Kyiv

      22.07.2005, [02:06] // Foreign relations //

      Moscow – Meeting in Moscow on 16 July 2005, the Synod of the Russian
      Orthodox Church (ROC) expressed hopes of resolving existing problems and
      developing good relations with the Roman Catholic Church. The Synod also
      heard a report by Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad
      criticizing the wish of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) to move
      its seat from western Ukrainian Lviv to Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv. The ROC
      hierarchs supported the metropolitan’s position.

      An information sheet attached to the synod’s final resolution notes that,
      since the beginning of his pontificate, Pope Benedict XVI has stated his
      intention to develop cooperation between the Roman Catholic and the
      Orthodox churches.

      “However,” the sheet goes on to say, “despite encouraging statements by
      Pope Benedict XVI, relations between the Russian Orthodox and the Roman
      Catholic churches remain tense.

      “In a meeting between Metropolitan Kirill and Cardinal Walter Casper,
      president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, on 22
      June, the Catholic side again stated its intention to move the seat of the
      head of the UGCC from Lviv to Kyiv and to confirm his title of patriarch of
      Kyiv.

      “The Orthodox side stated the inadmissibility of the idea of mentioning
      Kyiv in the title of the head of the UGCC and the transfer of his seat to
      the city from the canonical, ecclesiological and pastoral viewpoint,” the
      sheet says.

      RISU note: Prior to the 22 June meeting, Cardinal Kasper was quoted as
      saying that he did not plan to talk about the UGCC: "It's not my task to
      speak about another church, they must do it themselves; so it's not the
      point of my negotiations.”

      Source and previous related RISU news:
      • http://www.religio.ru/news/10873.html
      • http://www.risu.org.ua/eng/news/article;5868/
      • http://www.risu.org.ua/eng/news/article;5853/
      • http://www.risu.org.ua/eng/news/article;5829/
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