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Experts' opinion: no guarantees, no affinity, no rush.

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  • vkozyreff
    Dear List, It is interesting to read how the experts analyse the ROCOR strategy. In God, Vladimir Kozyreff Gazeta. Ru - Differences in mentality hampers
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 29, 2003
      Dear List,

      It is interesting to read how the "experts" analyse the ROCOR
      strategy.

      In God,

      Vladimir Kozyreff


      Gazeta. Ru - Differences in mentality hampers union

      18.12.2003

      According to the experts, following the visit of a ROCOR delegation
      to Moscow, the ROCOR has decided to slow down the rapprochement
      process. The visit took place one month ago and was the first in
      history.

      " Apparently, the results of the trip to Moscow by the delegation led
      by archbishop Mark are unsatisfactory, said the director of the
      Institute for the study of religion in the CIS and Baltic countries,
      Nikolay Mitrokhin. Perhaps this is because of a wide difference in
      mentality between the MP and the ROCOR representatives.

      The ROCOR clergy represent already the second or the third generation
      of émigrés to the West or have no Russian roots altogether. It became
      clear to them, apparently, that they lack mental affinity with the
      present MP clergy"...

      Besides, Mitrokhin considers that a certain instability could affect
      the situation in Moscow. "At the present time, more than half of the
      Sacred Synod permanent members are between life and death, and it is
      not clear whether the guarantees that will be given to the ROCOR
      today will be kept in five years", the expert stated.

      Probably this is in fact the reason why the ROCOR representatives
      have decided to wait and see what happens next. "At the level of the
      ideas people did probably agree, but at a the practical level, they
      have decided to act more circumspectly ", explained Nikolay Mitrohin.

      http://www.gazeta.ru/2003/12/18/zarubeznaace.shtml
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