Athens News Agency - March 31, 1999
Spyridon Meets With Cardinal Keeler
By Justine Frangouli
The resumption of theological dialogue between the Orthodox
and Roman Catholic Churches was announced today at a joint press conference
given in Baltimore by Archbishop Spyridon, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church
in America, and Cardinal William Keeler, Archbishop of Baltimore.
For the first time, leaders of the Orthodox and Catholic Churches will meet
in the western hemisphere -in Maryland and Washington in early June- to discuss
doctrinal matters and to pray together.
The Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the two
Churches, together with American Orthodox and Roman Catholic representatives,
will meet at Saint Mary's College to find common ground in their historical
and doctrinal differences. As Cardinal Keeler commented: "Historical
and theological research, academic meetings, common pastoral concerns ...
put the professors and pastors of our Churches into ever more frequent contact."
In his address, the Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, taking
his starting-point from the resumption of dialogue between the two Churches
separated by historical differences, did not miss the opportunity to refer
to the appalling bloodshed in Kosovo. "Sadly, Kosovo is the latest example
of escalating violence that lack of constructive dialogue occasions in the
presence of diverse cultures and complex histories," he noted. The Archbishop
again appealed to the parties involved to contribute to a peaceful discourse
and mutual understanding which will lead to respect and open dialogue.
[ Translated from Greek ]
[ Αθηναϊκό Πρακτορείο Ειδήσεων - March 31, 1999 ]