Monsignor André Armand Cardinal Vingt-Trois (1942- ), Archbishop of Paris, First Hierarch of the Roman Catholic Church in France
The Moscow Theological Academy located at the St Sergius-Holy Trinity Lavra was visited by a delegation of the Roman Catholic Church headed by Monsignor André Armand Cardinal Vingt-Trois, Archbishop of Paris. The guests were accompanied by Archbishop Innokenty of Korsun (the jurisdictional MP bishop in Paris: editor’s note) and Fr Igor Vyzhanov, the Secretary for Inter-Christian Affairs of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations, the Moscow Theological Academy press service reported. After their visit to the Lavra and the Church Archaeology Establishment, the Academy invited the guests to dinner and a discussion concerning the current state of theology in Russia, theological education, and the history of the Russian Church in the 20th century. Members of the delegation also met with a group of students. During their conversation, Monsignor André stated the need to establish straightforward and dependable relations between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. The head of the Catholic Church in France visited Russia on the invitation of Patriarch Aleksei II of Moscow and all Russia. Last year, the Patriarch visited Paris where he received a warm reception from the Catholic party, and this was a reciprocal visit by the Cardinal. The Moscow Theological Academy, the oldest school of higher education in Russia and the largest centre of development of theology and theological education in the Moscow Patriarchate, was founded in 1685.
28 October 2008
This is very good, indeed. There is nothing wrong with good neighbourly relations. To be frank, there is no chance of a “union” between the Catholic and Orthodox churches in the near (or, for that matter, distant) future. The differences are that stark, and neither side is going to budge on the essential issues (as well one shouldn’t, I would say). However, there is nothing wrong with being kind, civil, and decent to the “neighbours”. If we were otherwise, well… that would make us servants of Ol’ Scratch, wouldn’t it?
There is much that people of good will can do together without being “united”. Let’s concentrate on that, and leave the rest up to God. That’s something we can all agree on, isn’t it?