Time to concentrate attention on dialogue of tradition with Orthodox churches
Russian Orthodox National Council meets to elect patriarch
I am of the opinion that ecumenical conferences and the like with Protestant sects are a waste of time. Notice all the time and attention wasted with the Anglican Communion over the last 40 years. -Same too with Lutherans, Baptists etc. It is time now to concentrate on avenues which are worthwhile and contain genuine hopes and possibility of re-union. That is with the various Orthodox churches as well as Oriental rite church - those who split away after Chalcedon. Like the Orthodox and Oriental churches, the Catholic Church celebrates seven sacraments, and has many other similarities. I understand they have a great respect for traditional practices of the Catholic Church, so perhaps the lifting of excommunication against Society of Pius X four, will help in talks with Orthodox and Oriental churches. News
The bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church this evening in Moscow elected Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, 62, to succeed the late Patriarch Alexi II as the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.
The new Patriarch's challenge: to deepen the Church's influence inside Russia, and to widen its presence outside Russia
Kirill will "certainly" invite Pope Benedict XVI to visit Russia, and increase collaboration with the Roman Catholic Church worldwide, Orthodox sources say.
This was after the Local (national) Council of the Russian Orthodox Church opened its meeting at the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow to elect the Russian patriarch.