Highlights of the meeting of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill and their joint statement
Dmitry Kiselev is the most influential anchor on Russian TV hosting a Vesti Nedely (News of the Week) current affairs show on state Rossiya-1 channel.
In last Sunday’s program he gave a point by point analysis of the meeting and joint declaration by Patriach Kirill and Pope Francis.
Here’s what he stresses among other things:
P. 19 details the issues on which Catholic and Orthodox 'share the same concept':
'The family is the natural centre of human life and society. We are concerned about the crisis in the family in many countries.’
And then they state that it's very important both for Orthodox and Catholic to avoid ambiguity:
20. 'The family is based on marriage, an act of freely given and faithful love between a man and a woman. It is love that seals their union and teaches them to accept one another as a gift.
Marriage is a school of love and faithfulness. We regret that other forms of cohabitation have been placed on the same level as this union, while the concept consecrated in the biblical tradition, that paternity and maternity are the special vocation of man and woman in marriage, is being evacuated from the public’s consciousness’.
Kiselev goes on to say that the two high priests could sign the joint declaration seated on their respective chairs, even using digital signatures and greeting each other on Skype.
“However it was of crucial importance for them to meet face to face, touching, eye contact and even odor for nonverbal consolidation in the oldest part of the brain.”
After all, they’re earthbound human beings.