“The Metropolitan of Budapest was shocked.” A powerful report from the cardinal

Cardinal Kurt Koch pointed out that the declaration of “Fiducia supplicans” caused much controversy among representatives of other Christian churches.

Cardinal Kurt Koch, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Christian Unity, revealed that he received many negative reactions to the declaration of “Fiducia supplicans” from representatives of the Christian world.

– I have received a long letter from all Eastern Orthodox churches. They want an explanation about this document, Koch said in an exclusive interview with EWTN. The conversation was held in connection with this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which will last from January 18 to 25.

– We are facing great division in the Anglican world after the local Church introduced the possibility of blessings for same-sex couples. They have a very strong opposition, especially in Africa, the 73-year-old Swiss cardinal said. Koch was referring to the Church of England’s 2023 decision to allow blessings for same-sex couples.

Koch said he also spoke with Metropolitan Hilarion of the Russian Orthodox Church, who “felt a great shock when he read this document.”

Shocks in the Christian world

In a separate interview with the German section of Vatican News, Koch said he had received “some negative opinions from the ecumenical world about ‘Fiducia supplicans’.”

At a conference in Rome on January 12, Vatican Foreign Minister Cardinal Pietro Parolin stated that “this document has caused very strong reactions. This means that a very delicate, very sensitive point has been touched.”

To a follow-up question from an Italian journalist about whether the document was a mistake, the Vatican’s top diplomat responded briefly: ‘I will not comment on these considerations; The responses show that we have touched a very sensitive point.”

Source: Do Rzeczy