Tuesday, April 03, 2007

I found this short article interesting because of my son's trip to east Russia a few years ago. The relationship between the Roman church and Orthodox church was very toxic. It was reassuring to see this.

Talks with Pope possible after rifts with Vatican healed -
Alexy II MOSCOW. April 3 (Interfax)

Orthodox believers and Catholics share many positions and a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI in the future should not be ruled out, Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia said.

"I have not lost hope that relations between our churches will improve. I welcome Pope Benedict's statements about the desire to promote relations with the Orthodox Church made on any occasions following his election as head of the Roman Catholic Church," Alexy II said in an interview published by the Izvestia newspaper on Thursday. We have a common position "on many problems facing the world today. We can and must speak jointly to the world about Christian values. But prior to this, we must resolve problems that exist between us. This, I hope, will open the door to a meeting between the leaders of the two
churches," he said.

A meeting with the late Pope John Paul II was due to be held in 1997 in Graz, Austria, at which a joint statement was to be signed "condemning proselytism and rejecting the Uniate church as a way towards the churches' unification." "The Catholic side's abrupt renunciation of these provisions made the meeting senseless," Alexy II said.


trailbee said...

An olive branch.I don't really know who will be the first,or honestly why, but I think this might help.There is so much trouble in EU.I tend to think even a little bit of softenting would help.Unity of some sort would be a blessing.Thanks for finding this.Sorry I'm so late-been elsewhere.

Autrice DelDrago said...

Annie, you will hate me for this! I enjoy stopping by here for some good learning, and so I have nominated this blog for a Thinking Blog Award!


Perhaps you can simply post the award gif along with a link back to your initial post on "Scenes"?

Happy Easter, sister in Christ. May God bless you today and all days.

~ Aut