Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia is affirming that the Russian Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church stand together on many current social issues.
The Russian Orthodox leader stated this on February 2, 2010 -- while addressing a bishops' meeting of his Church in Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral -- the Zenit website reports.
He observed "We have similar positions on many problems facing Christians in the modern world. They include aggressive secularization, globalization, and the erosion of the traditional moral principles. On these issues Pope Benedict XVI has taken a stance close to the Orthodox one."
On the other hand, the patriarch said "the Russian Church has seen less Protestant communities cooperating in the cause of preserving the Christian legacy" due to "the relentless liberalization of the Protestant world." He also criticized the Protestant Church for allowing women to be priests, and especially for its recent election of a female bishop, Margot Kaessmann, as head of the Evangelical Church in Germany.