ROCOR is not against Mother-Church’s participation in the ecumenical movement – Metropolitan Kirill

(Moscow, November 15, Interfax) – The Moscow Patriarchate says that the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia does not mind our participation in the ecumenical movement.

‘Our participation in the ecumenical movement, in public work and in the secular world’s life is first and foremost our witness about Orthodoxy, about the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. The ROCOR does not object to this mission,’ Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad said in his interview to Trud newspaper published Wednesday.

Moreover, he said, if ‘we do reunite with God’s help, we shall bring our common witness about the power of Orthodoxy before the non-Orthodox world.’

Metropolitan Kirill added that both the Moscow Patriarchate and the Church Abroad vigorously reject a Protestant theory of branches.

‘The Orthodox Church is the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church instituted by the Lord Jesus Christ and the holy apostles. We proclaim the uniqueness of Orthodoxy in our interchristian contacts,’ he said.