Russian Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, speaking on behalf of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Rus, made his own “intervention” to the Synod Bishops of the Catholic Church in Rome, sitting in deliberation on the theme of the Christian Family.
This “Star rising from the East” had no uncertain words to share with that august body, referring directly to the Gospel allusion of the “salt” of Christian witness potentially losing its savor under the wilting influence of a contemporary culture – and church accommodation to the same – a culture utterly uninformed by the Gospel and the power of the Holy Spirit.
Metropolitan Hilarion as a major hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church served to “confirm” his brethren in the faith of the fathers and mothers of distant centuries, a role generally understood to pertain to the Petrine office. Interesting. It reinforces to me the sense of real “flow” I experienced while writing Holy Fool, Holy Father, the first edition of which came out just a week shy now of one year (November 1, 2014). A second edition will be released within the next month or two under the imprint of Carpenter’s Son Publishing. Not often does so-called Christian “fiction” anticipate real world events. You may want to check out the title, available from wherever fine books are sold.