2006-05-23 15:06:00

Moscow Patriarchate: reunification of Russian Church an incentive to consolidation of world Orthodoxy

Moscow, May 23, Interfax - Reunification of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) and the Church in Russia will help resolve the problems of church divisions in a number of Orthodox countries, stated Archpriest Nikolay Balashov, secretary for inter-Christian relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations.

‘Overcoming the division in the Russian Church will benefit the entire Orthodox family in the world. If this division is discontinued, it would be easier to reconcile the existing splits in Greece, Bulgaria and Romania’, the priest said at a press conference in Moscow on Tuesday.

‘It will be an excellent and inspiring example and an image of restored unity for all the Orthodox Churches’, the priest is convinced.

Speaking about the cooperation between the Moscow Patriarchate and non-Orthodox Churches – a matter of disagreement on the part of the ROCOR, Father Nikolay noted that if the Russian Church came to agreement with the Roman Catholic Church on such issues as abortion, euthanasia, genetic engineering and modern concept of human rights, ‘such agreement should be sought and everything that is possible should be done to protect Europe’s Christian heritage which is being exterminated from all the sphere of societal life’.