2007-09-06 11:09:00

Moscow Patriarchate proposes developing a new basis for inter-Christian cooperation

Sibiu (Romania), September 6, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church has proposed developing a new, moral, basis for inter-Christian cooperation.

‘We are facing new divisions in the Christian family, especially in the area of morality’, Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, head of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations, said during a briefing in an interval of the 3d European inter-Christian Assembly taking place in Romania.

He believes the time has come for a new self-examination of the movement for Christian unity. The Basis of the World Council of Churches, which states the belief in the Holy Trinity, for all its importance, does not help to prevent new divisions.

In this connection the metropolitan asked the forum of representatives of various Christian confessions: ‘Why are we avoiding the idea of sin?’

‘What is the Christian message without any reference to the idea of sin? This idea, which is not accepted by liberal philosophy and politics, is fundamental for Christianity. The modern world will hear us only if Churches are able to send a proper signal to the present civilization’, the representative of the Moscow Patriarchate noted.

According to the Metropolitan Kirill, this signal should be consistent with the apostolic tradition, which is still present in Europe despite all the historical changes.