2005-06-22 17:44:00

Metropolitan Kirill told Cardinal Kasper about the inadmissibility of transferring of the chair of the Ukrainian Greek Catholics to Kiev

Moscow, June 22, Interfax - At the meeting between Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad and Walter Cardinal Kasper in Moscow on Wednesday the Russian Orthodox Church posed a question before the Vatican of the inadmissibility of Greek Catholic expansion in Ukraine

As Interfax was informed about the results of this meeting in the Department for External Church Relations Department (DECR) of the Moscow Patriarchate, special attention was paid to the situation in the Ukraine.

‘The Orthodox side stated that an idea of mentioning Kiev in the title of the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and the transfer of its chair to this city is inadmissible from the canonical, ecclesiological and pastoral points of view’, - an official DECR communiqué emphasized.

The Orthodox side is convinced that implementation of this intent of the Ukrainian Greek Catholics can become a serious impediment for the development of the Orthodox-Catholic relations, an aspiration to which was expressed by the Primates of both Churches and which is needed at present not only by the believers, but by the people of Europe and the world as well’.

Also discussed at the meeting were common actions of the Churches in the face of the challenges of the present time.

‘Understanding was expressed that in the period when the people of Europe and the world experience moral crisis, when a secular philosophy of life is aggressively imposed on them, the cooperation between the Orthodox and the Catholic Churches may become particularly important for the establishment of religious and ethic values in the life of an individual, family and society’, DECR reports.

Taking part in the talk also were DECR deputy chairman Very Reverend Vsevolod Chaplin, DECR secretary for interchristian relations Rev.Igor Vyzhanov, representative of Vatican in Moscow archbishop Antonio Mennini and a staff member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity Rev. Joseph Mai.

As Rev.Vsevolod Chaplin told the Interfax, the talk lasted some three hours. He noted that the Orthodox side stated its opinion on all vexed questions in no uncertain terms.