Presentation in Moscow of the document "Serving Communion" of the Saint Ireneus Group

2 Mar 2020

The Russian translation of the document Serving Communion. Rethinking the Relationship between Primacy and Synodality of the Saint Irenaeus Joint Orthodox–Catholic Working Group was presented on 28 February at the Saints Cyril and Methodius Institute of Post–Graduate and Doctoral Studies in Moscow. After a general introduction on the group’s methodology presented by Dr Johannes Oeldemann, Co–Secretary, three other Group members outlined the different parts of the document: Reverend Vladimir Khulap, Vice Rector of the Academy of Theology of Saint Petersburg, presented the hermeneutical part; Reverend Hyacinthe Destivelle, Official of the PCPCU, the historical part; and Dr Evgeny Pilipenko, member of the editorial committee of the Orthodox Encyclopedia, the systematic part.

Comments on the document were presented by Dr Andrey Shishkov, Secretary of the Synodal Theological Commission of the Russian Orthodox Church, as well as by Archpriest Vladimir Shmalij, Vice–Rector of the Doctoral School, and Dr E. Selivestrova of the same School.

The Saint Irenaeus Joint Orthodox–Catholic Working Group, established in 2004 at Paderborn (Germany), is composed of 26 theologians, 13 Orthodox and 13 Catholics, from a number of European countries, the Middle East, and the Americas. Its 17th meeting will be held in October 2020 at the Institute for Ecumenical Studies of the Angelicum.


Photos © Artyom Kopylov