Religion: Orthodox Tour

The rumors of reunion in the ecclesiastical air—Pope John's forthcoming Ecumenical Council, the Archbishop of Canterbury's recent jaunt to the Middle East and to the Vatican—seem to have twanged Russian nerves. As the Russians see it, the Church of England is preparing to cozy up to the Vatican and is sounding out the Eastern Orthodox churches outside Russia to join in the party. Once they get together, the Western Christian churches would unite against Communism and the Russian Orthodox Church, which has long managed to maneuver a peaceful coexistence with the Soviet state. So the Russians put their own man...

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