The Interfax-Religion website reports today (September 4, 2010) that Secretary General of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Russia Igor Kovalevsky accepts that Catholics in Russia make a minority, and to further develop they need support of the strong Orthodox Church.
"Catholic community in Russia is small and it should cooperate with Orthodox community -- only then we'll be able to develop to the utmost. So let's say we are interested in strong Orthodoxy," Fr. Igor said.
He also emphasized that Catholic and Orthodox Churches are very close to each other. He said Catholics and Orthodox have "almost the same teaching on many questions," and "the only fundamental issue" that divides them "is the role of the Pope, Bishop of Rome."
He added the two churches have shared values which they should jointly protect before the challenges of the modern secular world.