Orthodox Bishop: Catholics and Orthodox are Strategic Allies to Defend Christianity

Bishop Hilarion, the Russian Orthodox Bishop of Vienna and Austria, has said in an interview that the Orthodox and Catholic Churches are allies who could form a strategic alliance to defend Christian values, Interfax reports. He also criticized many Protestants for having a “light version” of Christianity.

“We must realize that Orthodox and Catholic believers are no longer rivals. We are allies. The rivalry must be gone once and for all. If we understand that, proselytism will stop.”

He called for bilateral, strategic partnerships between the two Churches – not union, administrative merger or compromise in theological teaching. A strategical partnership
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