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Orthodox Church May Set Up Alliance with Catholics

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    Europaica 131 24 November 2007 Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad: Orthodox Church May Set Up Alliance with Catholics The Moscow Patriarchate has
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 29, 2007
      Europaica 131 24 November 2007

      Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad: Orthodox Church May
      Set Up Alliance with Catholics

      The Moscow Patriarchate has noticed the intensification of its
      contacts with the Catholics during Pope Benedict XVI's pontificate
      and suggested that alliance between the two churches could
      theoretically be set up in the future.

      "After Benedict XVI was elected pope and declared the development of
      dialogue with the Orthodox Church among the priorities of his
      pontificate, bilateral relations between our churches have noticeably
      enlivened," Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, the head
      of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations,
      said in a report he presented at an inter-religious conference in Naples.

      Both the Orthodox and the Roman Catholic Churches "understand more
      clearly today than they have ever done before the importance of their
      joint testimony to the secular world about Christian values, which
      this world is trying to marginalize," Metropolitan Kirill said.

      He noted that the proposal to set up a Catholic-Orthodox alliance
      produced mixed reaction in the Protestant world. However, he said,
      this proposal is based on the objective tendency towards deeper
      cooperation between Catholics and Orthodox and does not presuppose an
      alliance "against someone." "As regards the so-called alliance, I do
      not think that we should talk about some inter-Christian organization
      today, although it would be wrong to absolutely rule out the
      establishment of such an organization," Metropolitan Kirill said.

      Under the word "alliance", he specified, one may understand "the
      possibility of a more coordinated and structured interaction between
      the Churches, primarily in their relations with the secular world and
      non-Christian religions. For a successful dialogue with the others
      there should be from the very outset a higher level of agreement
      among Churches and Christian communities than the one that exists
      today in the framework of the ecumenical dialogue." For example,
      according to Metropolitan Kirill, it is unlikely that the full-scale
      dialogue between Christians and Muslims which is so necessary today
      will be successful "while deep contradictions remain among Christians
      in the sphere of anthropology and ethics."

      The doors of such an alliance between the Orthodox and Catholic
      believers "cannot be categorically closed to our Protestant
      brothers," Metropolitan Kirill said.

      Sources: Interfax, mospat.ru
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