FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
June 5, 2015
The Russian Orthodox Church has it right. The Protestant Churches that have embraced homosexuality and same-sex unions are no longer Christian. So what is there to dialogue about, much less to look forward to in terms of Christian unity?
If the disagreements were theological, then certainly there is room for dialogue. But if Churches have now embraced immorality, then that is that. What has light to do with darkness? Why have fellowship with evil?
The two lungs of the Church are the Catholic and the Orthodox Churches. Both came from the one true Church established by Jesus Christ, until there was a split in 1054 A.D. The Roman Catholic Church has the distinction of being founded on Peter, with there being an unbroken succession of 266 popes. If only the Orthodox Churches accept the primacy of Peter, the two Churches can unite.
The Russian Orthodox Church is clear about the immorality of same-sex unions. How about the Roman Catholic Church? Yes we are too. But then, why are some prelates advocating for acceptance of irregularities in human sexuality, including finding good in same-sex relationships?
Do not take that first step on that slippery slope! If our Catholic Church does, might the time come when the Russian Orthodox Church will end dialogue for Christian unity with us? I shudder to think. Lord, have mercy.
Russian Orthodox Church ends dialogue with 2 Protestant communities
Catholic World News – June 04, 2015
The largest of the Eastern Orthodox churches has severed its ecumenical dialogue with two Protestant communities.
The Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations explained:
On May 16, 2015, the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland allowed ordination of gay people in civil partnership and on May 21 voted to continue the study of this matter aimed at an extension of the adopted decision. On May 17, the Synod of the United Protestant Church of France allowed a possibility of blessing the so called same-sex unions … We state with profound grief that today we have new divisions in the Christian world not only on theological problems, but also on the moral issues.
Citing similar reasons, the Moscow Patriarchate previously severed its dialogue with the Episcopal Church and the Church of Sweden.
The Church of Scotland, Calvinist in its origins and Presbyterian in its government, dates to 1560, while the United Protestant Church of France dates from a 2013 merger of France’s main Reformed and Lutheran bodies.
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- Russian Church breaks contacts with Protestants of Scotland and France (Interfax)
- Statement of the DECR Communication Service (Russian Orthodox Church)
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