Sunday, August 20, 2017

Russian Orthodoxy Sees Progress in the Dialogue with Catholics

Moscow Metropolitan Hilarion in newspaper interview: A lot has happened in the past ten years - progress also in the political relationship between Russia and the Holy See

Rome ( Russia's Orthodox Church sees a "significant step" in dialogue with the Catholic Church. In the last ten years, much has been done in relation to each other. As well as between Russia and the Holy See, said the Foreign Minister of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolit Hilarion, the Italian daily "Il sole 24 ore" (Thursday). There is consensus on current problems such as the loss of spiritual values ​​and Christian persecution. "This is a problem which disturb both the Orthodox Church and the Holy See in all of our soul, and drives us to unite our forces to find a common solution," the Metropolitan said.

Hilarion spoke on the occasion of the upcoming Moscow visit by Cardinal Secretary Pietro Parolin from Sunday to Thursday. His main themes he identified as the situation in the Middle East and Ukraine; Also a peace solution for Syria would surely be an issue. Parolin's visit could help to approach different perspectives and find common solutions to different problems, says Hilarion, who will also meet with Parolin himself. "I will discuss with him the full range of bilateral relations between the Russian Orthodox and the Catholic Church, and hope that we can set new perspectives for further development."

With regard to the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, he said that this was still "the most delicate issue in the relations of the two churches." At the same time, the foreign official of the Moscow Patriarchate in the interview appreciates the admission of full diplomatic relations between Russia and the Vatican in 2009 as well as the historic first meeting of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kiril I in Havana, Cuba in 2016, resulting in strengthening the collaboration of both churches.

Trans: Tancred


Anonymous said...

The problem with the Ukrainian Church is Mo$cow's artificial authority. Ukraine's autocephalous church was literally murdered during the 1920s at the hand of Stalin.

Principally, Roman Catholicism transcends borders while Orthodoxy retains strong national identity.

Tancred said...

There's Gallicanism, Spanish Imperialism, Josephism, Americanism, but while there is some tolerance for national churches, actually a lot of tolerance, they're still heresies.

Tancred said...


Anonymous said...

If you look at the last paragraph, it specifically mentioned the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (of which yours truly is a member). It did not say anything about the UAOC.

First, we didn't exist. Then we were a "problem". Now the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is "the most delicate issue". Yes, I suppose that's making progress (sarc).


Jessica Sandton said...

Well someone like me pray it happens sooner

JBQ said...

With the invasion by Russia of Ukraine, the old wounds were reopened between the Uniate and the Orthodox. Most if not all Russian church leaders are KGB.---Nikodem literally died in the arms of John Paul One to be followed by his host some two weeks later. Nikodem was a colonel in the KGB who had suffered great physical torture in that role.---As much as I want to believe in the transformation of Vladimir Putin to a staunch believer, his actions in Ukraine and Poland bring one down to Earth with a giant "thud".

sebastian said...

NATO surrounding Russia after bombing and killing many in Serbia then invading Irag Libya Syria bombing killing anything that moves not to forget to mention the Genocide in Yemen and the extermination of Christians someone like Russia sees this and is the only one to put a stop to the NATO sponsor of terrorism.

Unknown said...

It is too bad that most Ukrainian Catholics spend more time hating Russians than praying for their conversion.

sebastian said...

I would welcome the Russian and Greek orthodox, I would like to know what they think of the massive changes in the Catholic church since Vatican 2 the second Reformation.