Russian Orthodox spokesman comments on Pope’s wish for meeting with patriarch

3 December 2014, 15:08 | Interchurch relations | 1 |   | Code for Blog |  | 

Responding to Pope Francis’s stated desire to meet with Patriarch Kirill whenever the Russian prelate is ready, a spokesman for the Moscow patriarchate criticized the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, the largest of the Eastern Catholic churches in full communion with the Holy See, Catholic Culture informs.

Referring to the 2013-14 Ukrainian crisis, which has witnessed the ouster of a pro-Russian president and subsequent pro-Russian unrest in eastern Ukraine and Russian military intervention, Deacon Alexander Volkov told the Interfax news agency that “we have to acknowledge once again that the line pursued by the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is a significant factor thwarting normal development of the relations between the churches.”

“We would like to hope that the voice of our church will be heard and the involvement of the Greek Catholics in the political conflict in Ukraine will decrease, thereby creating favorable conditions for maintaining a proper dialogue between the Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches, including on the subject of a possible meeting between the Patriarch and the Pope,” he added.

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  • Paul S. Ewasko | 4 December 2014, 23:17
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    What a lame excuse! Kirill has alot to learn about Christian charity. He and his cohort Hilarion are paranoid. Kirill like Putin is drunk with power and wants to lead the entire Orthodox Church. In reality, he is damaging his own Church which is loaded with men filled with hatred towards anything non Orthodox.

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  • ustavschyk | 3 July 2017, 17:12

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    And yet so many Ukrainians are under the russian imposed belief that the russian orthodox church is their Mother church including some of my own family in Canada!

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