I am wondering if this news release about "double unity" is just another "diplomatic move"
as mentioned in this article here.
03 June 2008, 15:10
Statements on upcoming meeting between pope, patriarch may be
Moscow, June 3, Interfax - The Moscow Patriarchate doesn't rule out
that the statement made by Cardinal Walter Kasper saying that Pope
Benedict XVI and Patriarch Alexy II will meet in the nearest future
may be a diplomatic move by the Vatican.
Kasper, who heads the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian
Unity, recently said the pope and the Russian patriarch may meet in
the near future.
"Such commentaries by one of the parties are sometimes a diplomatic
move intended to put certain soft pressure on the negotiating
parties. It's like they are saying 'We are glad, we are looking
forward [to a meeting], why are you avoiding us?'" Deacon Andrey
Kurayev, a professor at the Moscow Theological Academy, told Interfax-
Religion on Tuesday.
Kurayev said he did not participant in the negotiations between
Kasper and the hierarchs of the Russian Orthodox Church and therefore
cannot say which precisely nuances of the dialogue gave the cardinal
a reason for optimistic comments.
At the same time, Kurayev said he is hoping tat "some progress has
been achieved in our relationship, and it is connected with the fact
that the current pope, unlike his predecessor, is not personally
responsible for the tragedies in the history of Orthodoxy in Western
Ukraine in the early 1990s, when Greek Catholics literally ravaged
three Orthodox dioceses."http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=4753