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Showing posts with label Alexy II. Show all posts
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Thursday, December 6, 2007

European Civilization Doomed If It Does Not Preserve Christian Values - Alexy II

Moscow, December 6, Interfax - If European nations abandon their Christian roots, they are doomed to disappear from the historical arena, Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia said.

"Modern Europe will not create a new post-Christian culture and civilization but will simply vanish from history," Alexy II said at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow on Wednesday evening.

"Losing their Christian roots, the people of Europe will sign their own death warrant," he said.

Alexy II recalled that he talked about "the need to preserve moral Christian values," without which "it is hard to imagine European culture and Europe itself," in his speech at the PACE in October this year.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Alexy II: Catholics and Orthodox Must Stand Together

Paris (AsiaNews) – In the modern society a new “persecution” of the Church is (at hand) and so Catholics and Orthodox are called to stand together in defence of Christian values.

Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia believes the Orthodox and the Catholics should seek answers to today’s challenges together. The highest ranking spiritual leader of the Russian Orthodox Church is currently in France, where on October 2nd he spoke to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and yesterday visited the Cathedral of Notre-Dame to venerate the relics of Our Lord’s crown of thorns, in the presence of Archbishop AndrĂ© Vingt-Trois of Paris and numerous faithful.

Meeting with the president of the French Bishops Conference Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard, Alexy II denounced modern society, particularly in Europe, “attempts are made to bring in a worldview that, in its destructive force, can well be compared to the external persecution against the Church”. “In a situation where any external persecution seems to be absent, a threat has emerged for religion in general and Christianity in particular to be marginalized”. This is why we must remain united on some fundamental questions (abortion, family, bioethics, secularization); issues which seem to be the basis on which the new reconciliation between the two Churches is being built.

“We Christians – he declared in the Parisian cathedral yesterday evening – we must find possibilities to witness together the truth of the Gospel and its eternal moral values. In fact, we see that contemporary society is losing its ethical base and is following false values. It is being increasingly dehumanised and becoming a cruel generator of conflicts not only between people but between communities”.

At the European Parliament Alexy II criticised the “new generation of rights” of humanity “which are in contrast with morals” and in various interviews with global press spoke of a meeting with Benedict XVI in the next couple of years.