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Association of churches is possible if the Catholics back to the ancient tenets of Christianity

May 30 2005

The head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Walter Kasper took the initiative to convene a joint Cathedral of the Orthodox and Catholic churches. The purpose of the cathedral - to seek ways of reconciliation between faiths. The prelate also called for the conclusion of an "alliance" with the Protestants, who would help Europe to rediscover its Christian roots. "

These statements by Cardinal Kasper made the Italian Eucharistic Congress, which is taking place these days in the city of Bari. At the opening of Congress, attended by a representative of the Russian Orthodox Church, Archbishop of Yaroslavl and Rostov Cyril and Lutheran Bishop Eero Huovinen of Helsinki.

Cardinal Kasper said the Catholics and Orthodox, "the heirs of a common European culture, which share common moral values." Today, these values, he said, are in danger - on the one hand, they face a Western European secularism, on the other - the consequences of atheistic propaganda in Eastern Europe. In order to meet the challenges of our time, Christians should "form an alliance," convinced the prelate.

Commenting on the statement of Cardinal Kasper, the deputy head of the Department for External Church Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said that the union of the Churches need to "Western Christians have returned to the faith of the ancient undivided church." Vsevolod O. hoped that Western theology 'closer again to the faith from which it departed, "according to Orthodox Internet Resources" Sedmitsa.Ru.

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