|Russia||ORTHODOX CHURCH CRITICISES CATHOLIC MISSIONARIES|
The Russian Orthodox Church criticised the Catholic Church on Tuesday for sending missionaries to Russia, claiming they used promises of material wealth to tempt potential converts, a news report said.|
The Council of Bishops, the church's highest ruling body, said non-Orthodox churches recruited believers from traditionally Orthodox areas using "destructive missionary activity," the Interfax news agency quoted a church statement as saying.
The criticism of Catholic proselytising was included in a resolution on Orthodox relations with other faiths. Orthodox leaders frequently have criticised other churches for their missionary work in Russia.
The document said Catholic and other foreign missionaries recruit in Russia "with the use of material wealth." It didn't elaborate on the accusation.
A Catholic Church spokesman in Russia said yesterday the church disagrees with the Orthodox contention and denies recruiting with promises of material well-being.
|17 Aug 00|