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Orthodox spokesman: Fiducia Supplicans complicates ecumenical talks

May 08, 2024

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CWN Editor's Note: The ecumenical-affairs spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church has said that dialogue with Rome has become “significantly more difficult” since the release of the Vatican declaration Fiducia Supplicans.

Metropolitan Anthony, who heads the External Church Relations department for the Moscow Patriarchate, said that ecumenical relations have been complicated by the declaration, which allows for blessings of same-sex couples. A theological commission of the Russian Orthodox Church had earlier concluded that the Vatican statement could not be reconciled with Christian teaching.

A spokesman for the Catholic Archdiocese of the Mother of God in Moscow told the RIA Novisti news agency that Fiducia Supplicans should not be understood as implying acceptance of homosexual relations. Russian Orthodox analysts differ.

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  • Posted by: feedback - May. 08, 2024 8:36 PM ET USA

    "Fiducia should not be understood as implying acceptance of homosexual relations" - Good luck with that! It's exactly what it does implicitly. If the two (or more) active homosexual lovers show up together for the "gay blessing," it can be understood as acceptance of their sinful relations. When Fr James Martin SJ blesses pairs of homosexuals, would anyone have any doubt that he accepts and approves their acts of sodomy? Fiducia opens wide a loophole for a sacrilege.