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Russian Orthodox Church urges Anglicans not to support female bishops, same-sex marriage

Catholic World News - April 02, 2013

Metropolitan Hilarion, the Russian Orthodox Church’s chief ecumenical officer, has urged the new Archbishop of Canterbury not to support female bishops or same-sex marriage.

“We know that the Anglican Church is now going through a difficult time and various views, positions, and parties co-exist in it,” he said in a meeting with Archbishop Justin Welby. “However, we really hope that the traditional understanding of Christian morals and the church system will prevail in this polemic.”

Metropolitan Hilarion expressed the hope that Welby will “prevent secular society from forcing on the Church of England the recognition of some forms of cohabitation which were never considered marriage by Christian churches.”

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  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Apr. 02, 2013 9:20 PM ET USA

    I recall reading many years ago that the Orthodox, advising members what to do when they could not find an Orthodox church to attend on Sunday, chose to send them to the Anglicans rather than a Roman Catholic church. I wonder what they say now?

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Apr. 02, 2013 7:38 AM ET USA

    My guess is that Metropolitan Hilarion will be disappointed. As John Henry Newman discovered over 150 years ago, Anglicanism is a heresy so weakened by its many false steps in the past that it cannot resist the world's agenda. Already it has tolerated in its midst a bishop in NH who understands from the inside the Ten Commandments: he has broken just about every one of them while dressed in episcopal garb. What's really left for such a church when it comes to the pursuit of evil?

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