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Orthodox and Catholics must stand together: Russian Orthodox official

October 03, 2016

A Russian Orthodox official has said that relations with the Catholic Church are critically important at a time when the world’s two largest Christian institutions face a powerful trend of secularization.

“The Orthodox and Catholic Church remain a bastion of traditional morality, and feel their responsibility for the future of civilization,” said Hieromonk Stefan, the secretary of the ecumenical department of the Moscow patriarchate. He told the AsiaNews service that the Catholic and Orthodox faiths are “moral reference points” for a society that is in danger of losing any firm sence of morality.

Commenting on the document recently produced by a joint Orthodox-Catholic theological commisison, on the nature of primacy as understood during the first Christian millenium, the Russian cleric said that “at that time, the attitude towards this issue, in the West and in the East, was different, but this difference did not abolish the fundamental unity of Christians.” He said that the commission’s document focused on “our common heritage” as a possible basis for future ecumenical progress.

 
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  • Posted by: loumiamo - Oct. 05, 2016 8:23 AM ET USA

    So this Russian Orthodox cleric says we should stand together, but in another story, Georgian Orthodox clerics say sure, but not at a Catholic mass. Is this a good context for a "who am I to judge" attitude?