Orthodox patriarch argues for church dialogues over self-imposed isolation

Bartholomeos I's Lenten encyclical
The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeos I, a key leader for the world’s 300 million Orthodox Christians, has written a Lenten encyclical that stresses the need for greater unity for churches and counters accusations from a trio of Greek archbishops that ecumenism is heresy.

The patriarch urged fellow Orthodox believers to avoid self-imposed religious isolation from other Christian denominations.

At the same time, Bartholomeos re ceived support from a top American ecumenist on another issue—the isolation imposed by Turkey on the patriarch and his office.

Michael Kinnamon, general secretary of the National Council of Churches, wrote Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a February 17 letter asking that the U.S. use its moral authority to insure the physical safety of the patriarch and the rights of a minority of Orthodox Christians in Turkey.


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