The April interview above with Bishop Hilarion is followed below by another one (given just last week) that ties in nicely with his previous thoughts:
09 June 2008, 14:38
The Russian Orthodox Church compares divergence with liberal
Protestants to "bottomless abyss"
Moscow, June 9, Interfax - Not all participants of the
inter-Christian dialogue are ready to pursue partnership and
solidarity, Bishop Hilarion of Vienna and Austria, Representative of
the Russian Orthodox Church to the European Institutions, said.
"The divergence is so deep, that it can be compared to bottomless
abysses," Hilarion said in his interview to the Soyuznoye Veche, the
newspaper of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union of Belarus and
Russia, commenting his dialogue with a Lutheran bishop.
According to Hilarion, the bishop refused to recognize abortion as a
sin in a joint document, whereby he expressed "a more liberal
approach to this challenge" as compared to the position of the Moscow
"If we fail to reach consensus even on such matters which are
seemingly obvious to all Christians, what can we do about other
challenges?" Bishop Hilarion said.
According to him, many Protestant communities are experiencing the
"radical liberalization of morals" during the last decades, when, for
example, the same-sex union is considered a marriage, and members of
sexual minorities are ordained bishops.
"It's not just apostasy, it is sacrilege! Neither Orthodox, nor
Catholic Church can accept such drastic perversion of the Christian
moral teaching," Bishop Hilarion believes.
Source: Interfax - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/OrthodoxNews/message/9366