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  • Nina Tkachuk Dimas
    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=dujour&div=121 2007-03-02 00:00:00 Bishop Diomid s accusations aim at breaking down the reunion of the Russian Church -
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 2, 2007

      2007-03-02 00:00:00 Bishop Diomid's accusations aim at breaking down the reunion of the Russian Church - Metropolitan Kirill
      Moscow, March 2, Interfax - The Moscow Patriarchate regards Bishop Diomid of Anadyr and Chukotka's accusatory letter as a provocation from outside aimed at breaking down the reunion between the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia and the Russian Orthodox Church.

      In his letter published by national newspapers on Thursday Bishop Diomid criticizes the Russian Orthodox Church for her alleged liberalization and active contacts with a broader world and non-Orthodox Christians in particular.

      This letter, which showed up right on the threshold of signing of the Act of Canonical Communion with the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, reflects 'protesting mood characteristic of some extreme church radicals outside of Russia,' the head of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad told journalists in Moscow.

      'I think their goal is to break down the signing of our agreement, to prevent the Russian Orthodox Church from reuniting,' the metropolitan said.

      'The suddenness of this letter makes us believe that these accusations come not so much from Bishop Diomid as from a certain group, which has remained in the shadow so far, and yet it will be unmasked as provocative,' he added.

      The issues touched in Bishop Diomid's letter has been long discussed both inside the Russian Orthodox Church and in the framework of the contacts with the Church Outside of Russia, and it was already agreed during this dialogue what was acceptable and what was not from the viewpoint of the Orthodox teaching.

      'It is obvious that this discussion may go ahead, and we would welcome a broad debate on the issue in the Russian Orthodox Church,' Metropolitan Kirill noted.

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