Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Russian Orthodox Sides With Pope
So where are the Episcopalians, Methodists, Lutherans, and most of the members of the USCCB?

from Interfax-Religion.com; (Emphasis mine)
Moscow Patriarchate supports position of Pope Benedict XVI rejecting condoms

Moscow, March 20, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church supports the position of Pope Benedict XVI rejecting condoms including in order to prevent HIV infection.

"It is incorrect to consider condoms as a panacea for AIDS," the deputy chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin (seen upper right) told a round table in Moscow on Friday, commenting on the international row concerned with the pope's statement in Africa.

AIDS can be prevented not by contraceptives but by education and a righteous life, the priest said.

"If a person lives a sinful, aimless and senseless life, uses drugs and is lewd, some disease will kill him one day, neither a condom nor medicine will save him," Fr. Vsevolod added.

Currently some organizations speaking on AIDS are seeking to simultaneously preserve the ideal of sexual freedom and the fight against AIDS, he said. It is impossible to reconcile these things, he said.
I understand that there are many reasons as to why it can't happen yet, but I look forward to the day that there is inter-Communion between us and the Eastern Orthodox.

3 Comments:

Blogger Vir Speluncae Orthodoxae said...

Gee Cavey, I posted this days ago. :-)

As for your question, first our bishops can't even agree what day it is (Old Calendar vs. New) and The Greeks, Arabs and Russians still think it's the colonial era and that America is unsettled and up for grabs, OCA is recovering from a great financial scandal involving two previous Metropolitains and Antioch just demoted all bishops who aren't Metropolitans to auxiliaries for no reason other than to placate arab millionaries and Met. Phillip who thinks he's the Pope.

1:06 PM  
Blogger Adeodatus49 said...

At least there can be profound respect on both sides of the Bosphorous, or in this case the Moskva River! I have been a fan of and "devoted" to all things Byzantine Rite since 1990, Orthodox and Eastern Catholic alike. After all, JP-II told Catholics that we must breathe with both lungs. I am doing my part.

Also, good article. Thanks for posting it.

1:41 PM  
Blogger Coffee Catholic said...

Now this is good stuff to read!!! A breath of fresh air!

4:53 PM  

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