Moscow: Only “Canonical Orthodox” Have the Right to Ecumenize with Anglicans

(Istanbul – Interfax) – Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church to the European International Organizations Bishop Hilarion of Vienna and all Austria again stated that non-canonical Churches can’t participate in inter-Christian dialogue, the representation’s press-service has told Interfax-Religion.

At the session of the Supervisory Committee for the Orthodox-Anglican dialogue in Istanbul, Bishop Hilarion reminded about the Ravenna incident in October 2007 that took place during the work of the Mixed Orthodox-Catholic Commission. The Moscow Patriarchate’s delegation left the meeting as among its participants were representatives of the so-called Estonian Apostolic Orthodox Church set up by the Constantinople Patriarchate in 1996 in the canonical territory of the Russian Church without the latter’s approval.