07 March 2007, 16:38
World Russian People's Council rebukes attempts to divide Church
Moscow, March 7, Interfax - It was stated at the XI Congress of the
World Russian People's Council that ended on Wednesday in Moscow that
it is unacceptable to make attempts to divide the Church.
"We should clearly and loudly accuse those who under the cover of
care about the Church and the State benefit are trying to divide the
Church along ethnic, political, culture and social lines, to turn
differences into dangerous clashes," a resolution of the council reads.
"We do not need divisions neither on the left, nor on the right. We
need a united Church that upholds the Motherland in the world and
leads Orthodox people to a divine Motherland," participants of the
Participants hail the unification of the Moscow Patriarchate and the
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, which will become "an
important landmark in overcoming the tragic division of people
brought about by the Revolution and the Civil War."
The Council "resolutely resents the interference of politicians in
the life of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and its pushing toward
spiritual division from the Russian Orthodox Church."
"Moscow, Kiev, Chisinau and Minsk should consider themselves as
unique centers of the single Church and the united powerful
civilization, on behalf of which they can speak with any
international centers of power head-on. That is why it is very
important that each center remain itself, and develop ties with other
capitals of our united spiritual space," the resolution reads.