Russian Metropolitan in US hails unity with Moscow Patriarchate

JORDANVILLE, NY, June 6 (Itar-Tass) – First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR), Metropolitan Laurus, sees the Lord’s mercy in the results of ROCOR’s recent All-Diaspora Council and the Council of Bishops that adopted a line at canonical and eucharistic reunification with the Russian Orthodox Church reporting to Moscow Patriarchate.

As he spoke in an exclusive interview with Itar-Tass in the Holy Trinity monastery in Jordanville, NY, His Eminence Laurus said he was glad to see those results.

He indicated, however, he could not tell yet where, when and how the much-hoped-for reunification might take place.

“We didn’t discuss anything on the issue yet,” His Eminence said speaking of himself and ROCOR’s other hierarchs.

In any case, he proceeds from the assumption that a bilateral commission on negotiations will get together soon again.

The commission has the power of refining the Act on Canonical Communication between the two Churches and to settle some outstanding problems.

Commission members will also have to map out the procedure for signing the document, as His Eminence Laurus believes a special gala ceremony must be organized for it.

He declined to discuss in detail the problems still requiring coordination but singled out ecumenism – the practice of communications among and major international gatherings of the Christians of all denominations.

Such practices “give rise to recurrent questions,” His Eminence said. ROCOR rejects those communications.

All references to the power that dialogue between various confessions ostensibly gives in defending the positions of Eastern Orthodoxy do not look convincing, he said.