jump to navigation

Anglican-Orthodox relations near death, Moscow warns: The Church of England Newspaper, December 2, 2012 p 6. December 7, 2012

Posted by geoconger in Church of England, Church of England Newspaper, Human Sexuality --- The gay issue, Russian Orthodox, Women Priests.
Tags: ,

Women bishops, gay marriage, and other innovations of doctrine and discipline will end meaningful Anglican-Orthodox relations, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR) has warned.

At a 26 Nov 2012 meeting in Moscow, Ambassador Tim Barrow and second secretary James Ford met with leaders of the Russian Orthodox Church. According to the official press statement “Metropolitan Hilarion greeted the Ambassador and shared his reminiscences of his student years in Oxford and his impressions of the recent visit to London where he attended celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Sourozh diocese.”

They also discussed the situation of Christians in the Middle East and North Africa, the role the Russian Orthodox and Polish Catholic Churches had played in reconciling the “peoples of Russia and Poland” and the state of “Orthodox-Anglican relations at present” – which the Moscow Patriarchate said were at a nadir.

On 13 Nov, Hilarion wrote to the Archbishop of Canterbury-designate, Bishop Justin Welby, offering his greetings upon the Bishop of Durham’s appointment as 105th Archbishop of Canterbury.  However, Hilarion said meaningful Orthodox-Anglican ecumenical dialogue had all but died, and it was the Anglicans who have killed it.

In a carefully worded letter, Hilarion stated Moscow expected Bishop Welby to discipline the liberal wing of the Anglican Communion. Bishop Welby had been “entrusted with the spiritual guidance of the entire Anglican Communion, a unique union of like-minded people, which, however diverse the forms of its existence in the world may be, needs one ‘steward of God’ the guardian of the faith and witness to the Truth.”

“Regrettably, the late 20th century and the beginning of the third millennium have brought tangible difficulties in relations between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Churches of the Anglican Communion,” Hilarion said.

“The introduction female priesthood and now episcopate, the blessing of same-sex ‘unions’ and ‘marriages’, the ordination of homosexuals as pastors and bishops – all these innovations are seen by the Orthodox as deviations from the tradition of the Early Church, which increasingly estrange Anglicanism from the Orthodox Church and contribute to a further division of Christendom as a whole,” he wrote.

First published in The Church of England Newspaper.



1. Nelson T Akinwande - December 7, 2012

How do we revive the Communion? Shall we dethrone the female Bishops? Sack the gay Bishops & clergy, extinct gay marriage bill from the Church that is already become secular? Or what shall we do. Things have fallen apart the centre cannot longer hold. Anglican Orthodoxy is dead.

faithful - December 7, 2012

We continue our calling.

2. Anglican-Orthodox Relations Near Death « Fr Stephen Smuts - December 7, 2012

[…] Moscow warns: […]

3. Sarah Jeane Flynn - December 7, 2012

“Let the dead bury the dead.” Follow the Spirit, and make no provision for the flesh. Even if the ‘flesh’ is ossified traditions of the Church. Trust that God is able to raise up new children of Abraham from the very stones when the Church turns a deaf ear to God’s call for change and repentance in the Church and the world.

4. Anglican-Orthodox Relations Near Death « Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans - December 9, 2012

[…] Moscow warns: […]

Sorry comments are closed for this entry

%d bloggers like this: