Orthodox and Roman Catholic Church might form alliance

Porto Alegre, 17:04

 

Liberal reforms in Protestant churches, allowing female clergy and same-sex marriage may prompt Orthodox churches to consider a tactical alliance with Roman Catholicism to defend traditional Christian values, Russian Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev told journalists in the Brazilian town of Porto Alegre.

“The gap between the traditional wing, represented mainly by Orthodox churches and the Roman Catholic Church, and the liberal wing, represented by many Protestant churches, is only growing day by day,” he said

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2 thoughts on “Orthodox and Roman Catholic Church might form alliance

  1. Some more details from another article

    “We (Orthodox and Catholics) are on the same side of the divide.” “Traditional Christianity’s very survival is in jeopardy. We have no right to delay this strategic alliance, because in 20-40 years it will be too late,” he said in an interview, citing threats like “warrior secularism, warrior Islam or warrior liberalism present in Protestantism.”

    Alfeyev, the Bishop of Vienna also in charge of Russian Orthodox Church relations with the European Union, said the alliance should not be a matter of dogma and should precede the resolution of many centuries-old differences between the two oldest branches of Christianity, some dating back to the Great Schism of 1054.

    His comments echoed ideas supported by Roman Catholic Pope Benedict, who has said closer ties with Orthodox churches are a top priority of his papacy. The Catholic Church represents over half of the world’s 2 billion Christians but is not a member of the Geneva-based WCC.

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  2. There is increasing organizational work among people in mainline protestant churches toward many of the same goals. The term “confessing movement” is often applied to this phenomenon. Wikipedia provides a good article under that title.

    The Institute on Religion and Democracy serves as a clearing-house and point of contact for much of what is going on in this movement, particularly among the Presbyterians, Methodists, and Episcopalians.

    I would guess that these folks will earn their success mainly by pointing out to their fellow parishioners how the money they donate is being spent in social and political action. And I expect these folks will be vilified from some quarters as a result of pointing that out.

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