AUSTRIA. UOC DECR Representative takes part in a session of the Committee of Young Theologians

4–7 October 2017, in Vienna (Austria), the sixth session of the Commission of Young Orthodox and Catholic Theologians “Pro Oriente” was held. With the blessing of the Administrator of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) His Eminence Metropolitan Antoniy of Boryspil and Brovary, UOC Department for External Church Relations co-worker Dr S. M. Bortnyk has been a member of this Committee since 2014. He was elected Orthodox Co-Chairman of the Committee for a term of two years in 2016.

On this occasion, as in previous years, the Commission has focused on the reception of achievements and consideration of problems relating to the “Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church”.

On October 5, within the framework of the session, Archpriest Patriciu Vlaicu, who represents the Romanian Orthodox Church in official dialogue, delivered a speech to the committee.

On October 6, at the invitation of Bishop Andrej (Čilerdžič) of Austria-Switzerland, members of the Commission visited the Eparchial Administration of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Vienna. They took part in the Vesper Services and had a meeting with members of the local community, which responded to numerous questions. In particular, Dr. S. M. Bortnyk represented the position of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church on a number of topical issues dealing with contemporary life.

A separate issue was a discussion of the document “Synodality and the Primacy during the first Millennium: Towards a common understanding in service to the unity of the Church”, which was adopted during the framework of a formal dialogue in Chieti (Italy) in September last year. The members of the Committee expressed their satisfaction with the continuation of constructive work within the framework of the official dialogue.

During the framework of the meeting active preparations for the publication of a compendium were initiated, in which regional initiatives of theological dialogue throughout a number of European countries and beyond should be presented. The session was held in a friendly and constructive atmosphere.

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