Monday, October 2, 2006

Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue

Was hosted by the Orthodox Church of Serbia led by Patriarch Pavle. Cardinal Walter Kasper and Metropolitan John of Pergamon led discussions and worked on the final communique. Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica followed the meeting with these words:
"The greatest gift to contemporary humanity would be to convince people, perhaps first and foremost the political elites, that dialogue has no alternative and that every form of application of force, dictate or imposition of one's own models and solutions -- in service of primarily personal interests -- destroys the last remaining bridges between confronted peoples and communities, instead of building peace, confidence, solidarity and cooperation."
Nice words. Hopefully we are one step closer to unity. Since the Schism of 1054, the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church have operated separately. In recent times there has been a thaw in relations and dialogue has become common. This is the first meeting between these two groups since 1980 and we pray that have more. If only Patriarch Alexy II would get over his pride and power mongering we would have an accelerated unification process in time before I pass away. For more on this article click here.


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