Voices from Russia

Friday, 23 January 2009

Metropolitan Kirill says that the MP Rejects any Compromise on Dogmatic and Theological Questions with the Roman Catholic Church


Metropolitan Kirill Gundyaev of Smolensk and Kaliningrad (1946- ), the Patriarchal Locum Tenens

The Patriarchate of Moscow and all the Russias rejects any compromise on dogmatic and theological questions in its dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church, Metropolitan Kirill Gundyaev of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, the Patriarchal Locum Tenens, stated in an interview published in the magazine Argumenty i Fakty (Arguments and Facts) on Wednesday. “The Roman Catholic Church’s position on many issues relating to pastoral questions in secular society is closer to the Orthodox point of view [than that of the Protestants]. In any case, we must bear in mind the whole range of divergences in the dogma, theology, and practise of the Orthodox and Catholic Churches. No compromises can be made in this area”, Vladyki Kirill said.

As for the relation of the MP with heterodox confessions, Metropolitan Kirill noted, “All parties are aware of the existing fundamental disagreements. The very fact of our dialogue does not mean that we seek to become a single entity. For instance, Russia maintains relations with the USA, but, it by no means seeks to become one of the American states”. He went on to say that the differences in dogma, theology, and pastoral practise as formulated by the Orthodox Church and the heterodox confessions “are now on the increase. We have completely severed relations” with some Protestant bodies such as the Lutheran Church of Sweden and the Episcopal Church in the USA “because of their official approval of homosexuality”, Vladyki Kirill said. He reminded us that the Orthodox Church is “the One Holy Catholic Apostolic Church through which God opens the road toward eternal life. This is why the preservation of the Faith transmitted to us by Christ Himself, His Holy Apostles, and all the Holy Fathers of the Church is so important for us. We proclaim this Faith to all corners of the earth. However, this does not mean that we shouldn’t be open and generous to those who hold other views, as we all live in one civil society”.

21 January 2009



Editor’s Note:

Could it be? Yes, friends and neighbours… it’s Big Green Weenie Award time again! Hey, Interfax translator! You left out the last three sentences. FOR SHAME! I should send Cheetah the Monkey over to your house to jump all over your new furniture. Alas… I don’t think the message would sink in… a waste of a good chimp’s time, I’m afraid.


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