· Challenges to the Church in South-east Europe ·
The phenomenon of migration and of mixed marriages between Catholics and Orthodox represent the main challenges to the Churches in Europe, especially those in south-east Europe where the situation of the family is delicate. This topic was discussed at a 5-day meeting which concluded yesterday in Bucharest. Presidents and representatives of the bishops' conferences of Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Greek and Bulgaria, participated in the meeting which was held within the framework of the work of the Council of European Episcopal Conferences (CCEE).
Th issue of marriages between Catholics and Orthodox had already been the object of in-depth reflection at the 2008 meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria. There are challenges — the CCEE statement reads — “due to the differences in the way in which marriage is perceived and its sacramentality; but couples must be accompanied in a journey of faith, so that the differences do not lead to relativism and religious indifference”. The bishops, in fact, say that mixed marriages that are “well-lived out are an experience of authentic ecumenical dialogue”.
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