Thursday, August 25, 2005
Two Articles from CWN on Inter-Denominational Relations
Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexei II has denounced the Ukrainian Catholic Church for moving its major see from Lviv to Kiev, warning that the transfer will "complicate" relations between Moscow and Rome.
The Patriarch's claim that Ukraine is within the canonical territory of the Russian Orthodox Church is disputed by many Orthodox believers in the country. After the collapse of the Communist regime, the leading Orthodox prelate in Ukraine, Metropolitan Filaret, split with Moscow to set up an independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church- Kiev patriarchate.
Pope Benedict XVI will meet with Bishop Bernard Fellay, the superior-general of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), on August 29, to discuss the prospects for reconciliation between the Vatican and the schismatic group.