By Bro. Michael Dimond, O.S.B.
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Benedict XVI, Address to the Ambassador of Serbia, February 21, 2008: “… build together a civilization of love in which all are accepted and respected… I rejoice in the progress that has been made in relations between Orthodox and Catholic Christians, and I am especially grateful to the Serbian Orthodox Church… Serbia’s geographical location on the border between Eastern and Western Christianity gives her a unique opportunity to promote ecumenical dialogue, while her familiarity with Islam, both through her encounter with the Ottoman Empire and through the presence of many Muslims in the region today, opens up rich possibilities for progress in interreligious dialogue… Be assured that the Catholic Church in Serbia is eager to build further on its good relations with the Holy Synod and to play its part in joint initiatives designed to foster Christian unity and a genuine rapprochement between the adherents of different religions, contributing in this way to the building of peace and harmony within and between nations.
“Freedom of religion is an indispensable element in building the kind of society in which such harmony can develop, and the steps taken by Serbia in recent years to guarantee this fundamental human right are greatly appreciated.” (L’ Osservatore Romano, March 5, 2008, pp. 4-5.)
Benedict XVI first says that he is “especially grateful to the Serbian Orthodox Church.” This is to say that he is “especially grateful” for the existence of a schismatic non-Catholic sect. This of course is to promote heresy and schism. Second, we see that Benedict is again promoting ecumenism, interreligious dialogue and cordial relationships with different false religions. Third, Benedict XVI speaks of “the Holy” Synod, which is the Synod of the schismatic “Orthodox” Bishops of Serbia. Finally, Benedict XVI concludes his most recent heretical speech by again promoting the heresy of religious liberty.