Patriarch of Russia, Alexie II told an Italian paper that a first meeting with Pope Benedict would only make sense if the Vatican gave up any missionary ambition to spread Catholicism in his country. (Alexander Natruskin/Reuters)
This is becoming ridiculous. Alexei II operates with a double standard. For Alexei, it is a cardinal sin of the Holy Father to have priests working in Russia. On the other hand, the Russian Orthodox Church is openly evangelizing people traditionally Catholic countries, such as Mexico, and rather ironically, Italy. If the Russian Orthodox are recruiting former Catholics, why is the Pope is accused of sheep-stealing. Moreover, why is Russia the only "off-limits" nation of the world?