Moscow, November 6, Interfax - It is not submission but rather interaction in the faith that forms the basis of relations between the Moscow Patriarchate and the Archdiocese of Russian Orthodox churches in Western Europe, archdiocese head Metropolitan Jean of Dubna said.
"Many people here still think that the returning into the fold of the Russian church is a sort of submission. In fact, there is no submission here for it is communion in the faith, communion in theology, the Eucharistic communion. We will live in communion, as the liturgy reads, with faith and love," Metropolitan Jean said at a meeting with journalists in Moscow.
He revealed that he had told himself, based on an ancient text, that there are two ways: the way of life and the way of death.
"And I told the people: 'This is for you choose which way to go.' We have chosen the way of life, and the Russian church received us along this way. It does not want to dominate us. It only wants to help us continue on our way," he said.
As reported earlier, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia presented Archbishop Jean with a document on reuniting the parishes of the archdiocese established by the Russian emigre community with the Russian Orthodox Church at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow last Sunday.
"This is a very important historic moment that we felt the Russian Church's fraternal love; we felt a paternal attitude on the part of the Holy Patriarch, we felt love coming from the metropolitans and priests, who received us all along the way," Metropolitan Jean told reporters.
"We did not feel any intention on their part to dominate us. It was more like brotherhood," he said.