1 March, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 12/03/2007
RUSSIA – VATICAN
Abolish Catholic dioceses and problems are solved, says Kirill
by Daniil Dudochkin
The head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations wants the Catholic Church in Russia to turn back the clock to 2002.

Moscow (AsiaNews) – How do you solve problems between the Holy See and the Moscow Patriarchate? Abolish existing Catholic dioceses in Russia. Is this the harebrained idea of some dreamy visionary? No, it isn’t. Despite today’s widespread support for religious freedom, Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, wants to see Catholic diocese abolished.

We shall never recognise them and will always dispute the presence of ordinary Catholic dioceses in the territory of Russia and consider it a challenge to our common idea of sticking to a territorial principle of Church administrature,” said Kirill in his address to an international forum on “Local Church and Canonic Territory: Canonic, Juridical and Interfaith Aspects” held in Moscow last Saturday. The Apostolic Nuncio to Moscow, Mgr Antonio Mennini, was also present.

For the Orthodox prelate, the development of any dialogue between the Moscow Patriarchate and the Catholic Church depends on the Vatican’s readiness to confirm that a bishop’s jurisdiction must conform to the principle of Canonic territory and will therefore modify the status of Catholic dioceses in Russia, replacing them with apostolic administratures.

For Kirill the decision taken by John Paul II in 2002 to create four dioceses in Russia, was “a mistake, which indeed damages the Orthodox-Catholic dialogue and puts off a possibility of achieving our common aims.” In short, he wants to turn back the clock, with the status of dioceses “changed and brought back to the former level of apostolic administratures.”

The hierarch tried to explain away counter-arguments which allege that the Russian Orthodox Church in Europe has its dioceses set up on the same principle as the Catholic dioceses in Russia in what the Moscow Patriarchate recognises as the canonical territory of the Catholic Church.

“The dioceses of the Moscow Patriarchate in the Diaspora are not ordinary, nor are they connected to local jurisdiction. They were established to provide pastoral care for people in Diaspora, and do not have defined boarders. In a certain sense, they are unusual dioceses as we have always stressed in our dialogue with the Catholics,” he said.

“If there was a notion of apostolic administrature in the Orthodox Church, the dioceses of the Moscow Patriarchate in Europe would be called that way. [. . .] The conflict comes from the fact that we do not understand why an appropriate term was changed to one that is inappropriate.”

There has been no response so far by either the nuncio or the archbishop of the Mother of God archdiocese in Moscow, Mgr Paolo Pezzi.

Among Russian Catholics reactions were altogether negative. Many point out that “Catholic dioceses have existed in Russia since the Middle Ages. The archdiocese of Minsk-Mohilev for instance existed from the 18th to the 20th century. Why should we not have normal structures?” they insist.


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
09/03/2011 RUSSIA – VATICAN
Moscow Patriarchate’s “non-interference” to a possible Serbian Orthodox invitation for the pope
by Nina Achmatova
11/28/2007 CHINA – RUSSIA
Russian patriarchate ready to train Chinese priests
03/25/2008 RUSSIA - VATICAN
Presented today in Moscow, Spe Salvi in Russian
07/11/2007 RUSSIA – VATICAN
Moscow Patriarchate: Orthodox Church is “heir to the old, undivided Church”
08/26/2004 VATICAN - RUSSIA
"The handover of the icon of Kazan is an historic event"

Editor's choices
EGYPT - ISLAM
What Tayeb and Sisi said is big step towards a revolution in Islam
by Samir Khalil SamirThe grand imam of Al-Azhar slammed literalist interpretations of the Qur'an and the Sunnah, as fundamentalists and Islamic terrorists do. He supports the urgent need for Islam's reform, especially in terms of teaching lay people and clerics. He also calls for an end to mutual excommunication (takfir) between Sunnis and Shias. Egyptian President al-Sisi chose to fight the Islamic state group after it beheaded 21 Coptic Christians, whom he called "Egyptian citizens" with full rights.
SAUDI ARABIA - ISLAM
For head of Al-Azhar, religious education reform is needed to stop Islamic extremismFor Ahmed al-Tayeb, it is urgent to come up with new educational programmes to avoid "corrupt interpretations" of the Qur'an and Sunnah. Islamic terrorism undermines the unity of the Muslim world. He blames Mideast tensions on a "new global colonialism allied to world Zionism". a speech by the Saudi king is read at the conference.
HONG KONG - CHINA - VATICAN
It looks like someone is trying to shout us down
by Card. Joseph Zen Ze-kiunThe widespread optimism concerning the dialogue between the Holy See and China is largely groundless. Some Chinese bishops unable to speak freely are asked "leading" questions. The key issues remain unresolved, namely episcopal appointments and the fate of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association. Benedict XVI's Letter to Chinese Catholics, also cited by Pope Francis, provides guidelines. No agreement is better than a bad agreement. What happened to Msgr. Cosma Shi Enxiang and Msgr. James Su Zhimin? Hong Kong's bishop emeritus, champion of religious freedom in China, delivers a vibrant reflection.

Dossier

by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.