In what many see as the advent of a Great Religious Re-Awakening in Europe, Interfax.com (of Moscow, Russia) is reporting that the Russian Orthodox and the Catholic Church have been effectively cooperating along many avenues, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia told students and diplomats at the Russian Foreign Ministry Diplomatic Academy in Moscow.
“Together with the Roman Catholic Church we have been defending the traditional Christian concept of family and human values from aggressive secular liberalism. Our Churches are waging a common fight against medico-biological experiments incompatible with respect for human dignity,” Patriarch Kirill said.
The Patriarch stated that cooperation with the Catholic Church has become possible thanks to Pope Benedict XVI and is proceeding simultaneously along several other paths.
The head of the Russian Orthodox Church expressed concern over trends in some western Protestant communities towards liberalizing theology and Christian morals. Thus, some Protestant denominations have authorized same-sex marriages and the ordaining of homosexuals.
Patriarch Kirill praised Protestants in Russia and the Baltic countries for adhering more closely to traditional Christian moral theology than Protestants in western Europe and the US because “they are not striving to liberalize their doctrine.”
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