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Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin offers to refuse joint prayers with non-Orthodox

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=4364 05 March 2008, 13:46 Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin offers to refuse joint prayers with non-Orthodox Moscow,
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      05 March 2008, 13:46
      Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin offers to refuse joint prayers with non-Orthodox

      Moscow, March 5, Interfax - Deputy head of the Moscow Patriarchate
      Department for External Church Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin
      considers it possible for Orthodox believers to pray before common
      Christian shrines, but advises to refuse joint prayers with Christian
      of other confessions.

      "Orthodox people visiting Catholic or Protestant churches, their
      presence at non-Orthodox service without explicit or inner prayer,
      Orthodox prayer before common Orthodox shrines - all these things are
      allowed. While it's better to refuse joint Orthodox and non-Orthodox
      public or private prayers," Fr. Vsevolod said in his interview to the
      NG-Religii newspaper.

      In further talk with an Interfax-Religion correspondent the priest
      specified that "it's his private opinion."

      Commenting on the results of the recent Geneva session of the World
      Council of Churches, Fr. Vsevolod confessed that neither he nor other
      Russian Orthodox delegates participated in non-Orthodox prayers any more.

      The priest pointed out that joint prayers were practiced in 1960-1990
      when Orthodox hoped it would help unite Christians through coming
      back to the faith of ancient Church.

      "Today no one considers the soon unity seriously, almost all Russian
      Church doesn't approve of such prayers and I think the church
      decision is impending," the Moscow Patriarchate's representative believes.

      According to him, "the WCC was established to unite Christians, but
      the unity moves away and even grey ecumenical enthusiasts realize
      it", though the Russian Orthodox Church "hardly should leave the
      forum where it can effectively discuss" economic globalization,
      ecological crisis, worldwide conflicts, social role of religion, etc.
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