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Article Title

Whence the Anger?

Abstract

Today Orthodox religiosity includes, as an almost inseparable component, a struggle against Catholics and Protestants, an attempt to expose them as enemies of our faith and of Russia, as well as a complete rejection of ecumenism and of any openness towards other confessions. The very term "ecumenism" has become pejorative and an accusation of affinity towards it is seen as evidence of a certain betrayal of Orthodoxy. It is a given that our relations with Christians of other confessions have not always been smooth, we do not understand each other in everything, certain elements of Catholic or Protestant theology are not acceptable to us, but this does not mean that we must detest each other and consider all those who do not belong to the Orthodox Church akin to servants of the devil, as is proclaimed by authors of books and newspaper articles as well as broadcasters.

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