Patriarch Kirill: the Russian Orthodox Church will continue the dialogue with Catholics, but not Protestants

MOSCOW, 1 Nov – RIA Novosti. The Russian Orthodox Church continues to engage in dialogue with the Catholic Church, but virtually refused to negotiate with the Western Protestant churches because of their rejection of Evangelical moral values, said Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill on the opening of the XX world Russian people’s Council.

“Our dialogue is suspended. With the exception of our relations with the Catholic Church, because she still… despite the huge pressure from the outside world, to remain faithful to the Evangelical Christian values. Our inter-Church and inter-Christian goal today practically does not include a real dialogue with Western Protestantism,” the Patriarch said.

According to him, a significant part of the Protestant refuses to fundamental Evangelical moral compass “in favor of the powers that be.”

The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church noted that between Russia and the West there is a new dividing line not only at the crossroads of relations between the faiths, but “wearing clearly civilizational character.” At the same time de-Christianization of Europe and America leads to a total misunderstanding in relations with Russia.

Earlier, the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church from 15 to 18 October for the first time in the rank of first Hierarch visited Britain a pastoral visit, the trip was timed to the celebration of the 300th anniversary of the presence of the Russian Orthodox Church in the British Isles. On the last day of his visit Patriarch met with Queen Elizabeth II and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby – leader of the Anglicans, one of the main branches of Protestantism.