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Hilarion in Rome

Post  MRyan on Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:49 pm



October 17, 2012, Wednesday -- Hilarion in Rome

Metropolitan Hilarion’s greeting to the Synod of Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church Rome, October 16, 2012

Your Holiness,
Your Eminences and Excellencies:


May I address you on behalf of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and the Russian Orthodox Church with apostolic greeting: ‘Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ’ (2 Thess 1:2).

The present Synod of Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church is timed to the remarkable date – the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Second Vatican Council, and is dedicated to a theme relevant to all Christians – bringing the message of Christ to the secular world.

Half a century ago the fathers of the Council were convinced that closer cooperation amongst Christians of different traditions would make witness to Christ more convincing.

The Second Vatican Council made a substantial contribution to the development of inter-Christian dialogue and indeed laid the foundation of official relations between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Churches. Our presence at the Synod of Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church bears witness to it.

Today we are called to think about solving our common tasks that the present epoch puts forward.

The unrestrained pursuit of pleasure and the lust for irresponsible enrichment at the expense of the poor sections of the population were characteristic of the developed societies of Europe and America in recent decades.

Individualism and egoism have brought about crisis not only in human and social relations, but also in politics and economics.

The crisis which the Western society is undergoing has primarily spiritual roots. Secular society without God naively believes that while exploiting only their own proprietary and consumer instincts it would be able to successfully regulate the growth of well-being, thus achieving prosperity and justice.

However, the tragic experience of the entire 20th century has vividly shown that the renunciation of God and His commandments does not lead people to happiness, but, on the contrary, brings about numerous disasters and sufferings. The present crisis, which has affected many countries of the world, shows that the secular society has chosen an erroneous way of development.

Both the Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church fulfill the mission to which they have been called by Christ and tirelessly bring witness of the truth, while "proving the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment" (Jn 16:eight).

In this ministry, our Churches become even more conscious of the necessity of combining our efforts so that the Christian answer to the challenges of the modern society can be heard.

In recent years, the Orthodox and Catholic Churches have fruitfully cooperated within the Orthodox-Catholic forum, in different international organizations and at other places of dialogue with the secular world. Yet, I believe, we could and should do much more to respond together to new challenges and threats.

I would like to use this opportunity to call my brothers in the Catholic Church to create a common front in order to defend Christianity in all those countries where it is being marginalized or persecuted. In Europe and America we witness growing pressure from those representatives of militant secularism and atheism who attempt to expel Christianity from the public square, to ban Christian symbols, to destroy traditional Christian understanding of the family, of marriage as a union between a man and a woman, of the value of human life from inception till natural death.

In some other parts of the globe, the very existence of Christian Churches is under threat. In the countries where the so-called "Arab spring" is underway, millions of Christians suffer from severe persecution. Many have fled from the places where they had lived for centuries.

In Iraq, where 1.5 million Christians lived just a few years ago, only 150,000 remain, while all the others were either exterminated or expelled.

Grave persecutions of Christians are going on in Egypt, Lybia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria, India, Indonesia and many other countries, both in the Middle East and elsewhere.

We are deeply concerned about the humanitarian catastrophe which is unfolding in Syria, where militant Islamists are seeking political power with the help of some Western countries. Wherever they come to power, Christians are being persecuted or exterminated.

Christian communities in Syria and other countries of the Middle East are crying for help, while the mass media in the West largerly ignore their cries and the politicians prefer to close their eyes on this unprecedented wave of persecution.


We, Orthodox and Catholics from all over the world, should raise our voice in defense of Christian population and Christian heritage of the Middle East.


We must constantly bring the attention of political leaders, of international organizations and of the mass media to this unfolding human tragedy.

Only if we join our forces shall we be able to protect our Christian faith, to overcome present crisis and to give new impetus to our common mission of the new evangelization, ‘so that the world may believe’ (Jn 17:21).

I wish you peace, God’s blessing and success in your work!

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Re: Hilarion in Rome

Post  Jehanne on Wed Oct 17, 2012 11:06 pm

It does not appear that the schismatics are ready to submit to the Successor of Peter (at least explicitly), however, I suppose that some dialogue is better than no dialogue.
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Post  columba on Mon Oct 29, 2012 5:26 pm

The following plea by Hilarion (despite his good intentions) presupposes that the highlighted entities below (my emphasis) are somehow ignorant of the unfolding tragedy.

"We must constantly bring the attention of political leaders, of international organizations and of the mass media to this unfolding human tragedy."

It could just as credibly read, "We must constantly bring the attention of Satanists, of international organizations and of Satan's propaganda instruments to this unfolding human tragedy." Yes, we could do that, but to what avail?

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Post  MRyan on Mon Oct 29, 2012 6:30 pm

So, what lessons can we learn from the Metropolitan Hilarion in his official greeting to the Synod of Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church, and in particular, his calling attention to the tragic plight of Christians everywhere in the M.E. where U.S. interventionism empowers and motivates the extremists to engage in ethnic cleaning and the religious persecution of rival sects (with a devastating impact on Christians)?

1. That "It does not appear that the schismatics are ready to submit to the Successor of Peter (at least explicitly)", and

2. That to "constantly bring the attention of political leaders, of international organizations and of the mass media to this unfolding human tragedy" is to engage in a sort of naive ignorance; after all, all political leaders, international organizations and everyone in the the mass media are "Satanists", and are perfectly aware of these facts.

Sometimes I wonder why I even bother.

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Post  columba on Mon Oct 29, 2012 7:59 pm

MRyan wrote:
2. That to "constantly bring the attention of political leaders, of international organizations and of the mass media to this unfolding human tragedy" is to engage in a sort of naive ignorance; after all, all political leaders, international organizations and everyone in the the mass media are "Satanists", and are perfectly aware of these facts.

I take it you're referring to my post?
I deliberately omitted including international organizations under the heading "Satanist" as thankfully still some of them are not. But let's look at the political leaders who can actually do something about this human tragedy. There's no point in appealing to those leaders who are helpless but yet agree that this human tragedy exists (Imran Khan comes to mind).

The only political leaders that it makes any sense to appeal to are those leaders who have the power to stop it; yet, those leaders are the very ones who don't want it stopped and happen to be the very ones who provide the money and means to make damn sure that it doesn't stop. These are the very leaders who couldn't give a (fill in the blank) if the same atrocities were being inflicted on their own people never mind some foreigners, for these same leaders would gladly cull their own citizens if and when it becomes expedient to do so. These same leaders do not tolerate logic or reason and, conveniently own and control the mass media referred to, thus ensuring logic and reason don't see the light of day.

Yes, Satanist, seems to be the best noun and Satanic, the best adjective to describe them. What words would you choose Mike?

Sometimes I wonder why I even bother.

You made the post, I made a comment. Why should the Church (even a schismatic one) go running to the devil for justice? They could try running to God first and tell their flock to do the same. A good place to start would be the preaching of His word instead of all this trying to befriend and placate every sect under the sun by watering down the His truth.
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