CWN - Metropolitan Hilarion, the Russian Orthodox Church’s chief ecumenical officer, has urged the new Archbishop of Canterbury not to support female bishops or same-sex marriage.

“We know that the Anglican Church is now going through a difficult time and various views, positions, and parties co-exist in it,” he said in a meeting with Archbishop Justin Welby. “However, we really hope that the traditional understanding of Christian morals and the church system will prevail in this polemic.”

Metropolitan Hilarion expressed the hope that Welby will “prevent secular society from forcing on the Church of England the recognition of some forms of cohabitation which were never considered marriage by Christian churches.”

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