The joint commissions of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR) and the Moscow Patriarchate (MP) continue their work, but the issues dividing the two churches remain the same. All the while, the Russian press continues to speak of the union of the churches as a settled matter. Novoye Russkoye Slovo (NRS) was able to have its question on these issues answered by Bishop Gabriel, the Secretary of ROCOR and Bishop of the Manhattan diocese.
Archpriest Alexander Lebedev, the Secretary of the ROCOR joint commission, recently told a journalist in Russia that the Synod of Bishops in New York City was developing a grand ceremony to mark the union. Have matters really gone that far? ( Read more...Collapse )