Skip to comments.Meeting possible between Pope, Patriarch Kirill - Archbishop Hilarion
Posted on 11/12/2009 7:59:45 PM PST by Petrosius
12 November 2009, 12:23
Moscow, November 12, Interfax - Relations between the Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches are improving and a meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and the Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, may be on the cards, a Russian Orthodox bishop said.
"Today it can be said that we are moving to a moment when it becomes possible to prepare a meeting between the Pope and the Patriarch of Moscow," Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the head of the Department for External Church Relations, told reporters in Moscow.
"There are no specific plans for the venue or timing of such a meeting but on both sides there is a desire to prepare it," the Archbishop said.
Preparations for such a meeting must involve finding "a common platform on all remaining points of dispute," the Archbishop said.
One such issue are relations between the Uniate community and Orthodox believers in Ukraine. In the early 1990s, "the fragile interdenominational balance was upset and a serious situation took shape that still exists," Archbishop Hilarion said.
At the same time, conversion of Orthodox believers into Catholicism is less of a problem today than it was a decade ago, he said.
Benedict XVI is "a very reserved, traditional man who does not seek the expansion of the Catholic Church to traditionally Orthodox regions," the Archbishop said.
When Benedict XVI, shortly after being elected Pope, met with Metropolitan Kirill (the present Russian Patriarch, then head of the DECR, a papal visit to Russia "was taken off the agenda as now it appears to us to be impossible," the bishop said.
After Metropolitan Kirill has been elected Patriarch, "one can hope for further steps" in Orthodox-Catholic dialogue because the Patriarch "will continue the line on relations with Christians of other denominations that he pursued as part of his former activities," the Archbishop said.
Might be of interest to you.
Thank-you. It is of interest. Let’s wait and watch. For the Russians, and maybe the Vatican, the Uniate issue is the overarching problem. Differing theology, frankly, might be easier to deal with.
I don’t think the “Uniate issue” is really that much of an issue for the Russians. The “Uniates” aren’t Russians, for instance, and would not be interested in becoming members of the ROC. They would be much more interested in joining of the two smaller Ukrainian churches set up by recently self-minted “patriarchs”.
May I suggest The Free Republic Religion Forum..?
Next week will be fine.
“I dont think the Uniate issue is really that much of an issue for the Russians. The Uniates arent Russians, for instance, and would not be interested in becoming members of the ROC.”
But they are seen as being, and indeed are, within the canonical jurisdiction of the MP.
“They would be much more interested in joining of the two smaller Ukrainian churches set up by recently self-minted patriarchs.”
And that in fact is part of the problem. BTW, “self minted” is exactly right!
“But they are seen as being, and indeed are, within the canonical jurisdiction of the MP.”
“And that in fact is part of the problem. BTW, self minted is exactly right!”
Yep. It’s not a pretty picture.
“Yep. Its not a pretty picture.”
Thank God at least until now the EP has had the good sense to stick with Moscow on this one.