2006-07-17 16:30:00

Synod of the Moscow Patriarchate speaks up for the continuation of dialogue with Vatican

Moscow, July 17, Interfax - The Holy Synod of the Moscow Patriarchate spoke up for the continuation of dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church on the problems of common concern for Orthodox and Catholics.

The Holy Synod opened in the Laura of the Holy Trinity and St. Sergius on Monday named human rights and dignity and moral responsibility of the human person among the key issues for the dialogue.

These problems were also discussed at the meeting of the head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Kirill with the Pope of Rome Benedict XVI last May. They noted the closeness of views of both churches on these problems and their wish to continue common work over a document that would fully reflect the position of the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches. A possible common position on the problem of bioethics was regarded as useful, and the combined efforts of the two Churches for protecting and affirming the institute of family and the value of human life were considered necessary.

The participants in the Holy Synod session expressed their satisfaction with the talks between Metropolitan Kirill and the head of Vatican.

The hierarchs of the Russian Church approved the results of the Orthodox-Catholic Conference 'Give a Soul to Europe. The Mission and Responsibility of the Churches' that took place in Vienna earlier in May discussing such topics as the challenges of globalization, influence of Christian ethics on politics, economics and the mass media, and dialogue of Churches with other religions and secular humanists.