Today Each Church is Facing a Serious Moral Choice to Stay Faithful to Christ or to Evade Its Histor...

Sep 20, 2014 by

by Metropolitan Hilarion: Your Eminence, recently the Lutheran Archbishop of Turku, Kari Mäkinen, stated that the Russian Orthodox Church has suspended dialogue with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland because of the differences concerning the situation of sex and gender minorities. Can you comment on this statement? The dialogue between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland began in 1970. For the past period, many theological and other issues were...

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Church of England and Vatican congregate for cricket and charity

Sep 19, 2014 by

By Richard Williams, Guardian: The two cricket teams sat facing each other across the aisle and as the organ played and the congregation waited for choral evensong to begin in Canterbury Cathedral it was not difficult to tell them apart. The players of the Church of England XI had turned up in jeans, an assortment of open-necked shirts, a variety of boy-band haircuts and even one hipsterish beard. The cricketing representatives of the Vatican, by contrast, were arrayed along their pews in...

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Russian Orthodox spokesman: female bishops in Church of England will harm ecumenical dialogue

Jul 18, 2014 by

STATEMENT BY COMMUNICATION SERVICE OF THE MOSCOW PATRIARCHATE’S DEPARTMENT FOR EXTERNAL CHURCH RELATIONS REGARDING THE DECISION OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND TO ALLOW WOMEN TO SERVE AS BISHOPS At the session that took place on the 14th of July 2014, the General Synod of the Church of England made a decision allowing women to serve as bishops. The Communication Service of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations is authorized to make the following statement in this regard:...

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Archbishop writes to ecumenical partners about women bishops

Jul 18, 2014 by

Archbishop Justin has written to ecumenical partners about the General Synod’s decision to allow women to become bishops, emphasising that churches “need each other”. The text of the letter, which is being posted to partner churches, is printed below: This comes to you with warm Christian greetings and the wish to communicate personally to you the decision of the General Synod of the Church of England to admit women to the episcopate. This is an occasion of deep rejoicing for...

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Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury must not be afraid to argue

Apr 4, 2013 by

by Jonathan Wright, Catholic Herald The ecumenical process will be enlivened by the Pontiff and archbishop having some spirited rows There can be little doubt that the new Pope and the new Archbishop of Canterbury will get along very well. The two men share an admirable concern for the poor and the disenfranchised. They have similar styles when it comes to meet-and-greets and, perhaps most significantly, there is considerable harmony when it comes to the taproots of their spirituality. Welby,...

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Orthodox fear for ecumenical future

Nov 29, 2012 by

by George Conger, CEN WOMEN BISHOPS, gay marriage and other innovations of doctrine and discipline will end meaningful Anglican-Orthodox relations, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR) has warned. At a 26 November meeting in Moscow, Ambassador Tim Barrow and second secretary James Ford met with leaders of the Russian Orthodox Church. According to the official press statement, “Metropolitan...

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