Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Ut Unum Sint

    The stand taken by the Russian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church in Poland on topical issues of today, such as individual morality and social ethics, bioethics, ethics of scientific research and some others, are very close, which makes it possible for the two Churches to develop cooperation, bearing joint witness to the Christian tradition in Europe. I would say the contemporary situation, which European countries have found themselves as a result of secularization, turns this opportunity into urgent necessity.
Thus spake Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department of External Church Relations, quoted here the Acton Institute's Dylan Pahman — Catholics and Orthodox Seek Reconciliation in Poland. From Sandro Magister come the complete text and the comment of Pope Benedict XVI — Russia and Poland, Orthodox and Catholics. The Breakthrough Message.

Coming to mind is Soloviev's Apocalypse, in which "resistance [against the Antichrist] comes from Pope Peter II, John the Elder, leader of the Orthodox, and Professor Ernst Pauli, representing Protestantism," and under the "pressure of persecution the three churches in this eschatological situation at last unite."

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