Metropolitan Hilarion: There is no question of union of the Orthodox and the Roman Catholic Church

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Significant contribution to the normalization of relations between Orthodox and Roman Catholics, characterizes the recent statement “Apology” to Pope Francis orthodox, which was made a few days ago in the presence of Archbishop Jerome, however «there is no mention of the union of the two Churches, neither formally nor informally“, Underlined the metropolitan Volokolamsk Hilarion, President of the Department of Foreign Ecclesiastical Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate.

According to the Russian hierarch, who is even preparing to go to the Vatican for festive wishes and talks on the last ten days of December, “no one talks about the union of the two Churches, because the divisions have existed for a long time, many contradictions have accumulated, in essence the two Churches have been living independently for almost ten centuries, there are fundamental dogmatic differences, therefore, there is not even talk of union, but talk can be made to finally put an end to that state of rivalry, of competition, of hostility, which has existed for many centuries».

The person in charge of “ecclesiastical diplomacy” of the Moscow Patriarchate told the Russian satellite network “Russia 24” that it is anything but the first apology “for the numerous mistakes made by Roman Catholics against the Orthodox“On behalf of a Pope of Rome, highlighting such errors”the violence, which at times was exercised against the Orthodox population, as well as the creation of the union, which to this day operates divisively“And deceives the faithful,”for many orthodox, when they became Unitarians, did not even suspect that they had converted, because outwardly everything remained as it was before: the ecclesiastical attire was the same, the prayers during the Liturgy were the same, the ecclesiastical psalms were the same».

When the Patriarch of Moscow Cyril had met with him Pope Francis in Havana in 2016, the Russian hierarch recalled, had made a “very important” joint statement, which directly stated that “union is not a method of achieving unity».

Speaking on the same network, Metropolitan Volokolamsk argued that the Russian Church can not help but worry about the “anti-Russian propaganda of foreign origin, developed in Ukraine“As the country develops into an ‘apple of discord’ between the US and Russia, however, he welcomed the recent teleconference of Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin, considering thatConstructive relations between Russia and the United States are essential to the security of the whole world».

Source: ΑΠΕ – ΜΠΕ

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