Politically it's a smart move. Most of Moldova's population is orthodox and is uncomfortable with the split of the church into pro-Moscow and pro-Bucharest sections. They will applaud the sight of the two metropolitans meeting together in a common cause and this will reflect well on Filat.
Also, Filat is probably trying to ease Vladimir out of the influence of Russia and the communist party. Working together on a religious education project may be a way to temper the (Russian) church's rather obvious links to the PCRM and the Russian government.
Constitutionally I don't see an issue with religious education (RE) so long as
- Atheist or agnostic parents are allowed to opt their children out into other courses (e.g. Philosophy) that would be run at the same time as the RE, and
- The RE progamme doesn't unfairly favour a particular faith or confession. Filat should work hard to ensure that Protestants, Catholics & Muslims etc are included, notwithstanding their relatively small numbers in Moldova.
- The education focuses more on those things that various religions and confessions have in common than on their differences.
Morally, it's a good thing to do. One of the consequences of the decline of religious faith in the West is that people have lost their fear of God. Maybe they don't believe that he exists. Maybe they believe that he exists, but not in the Abrahamic sense, complete with concepts of sin and judgement. The bottom line is that most folks these days don't think they will be hit by a lightening bolt if they steal, defraud, have an affair etc. A century ago, they did.
I'm not about to make a judgement on the rights or wrongs of religious faith, however I will make one observation: the fear of God was a control that kept some people honest when all else failed. This is especially so in the case of invisible, white collar, 'victimless' crimes such as corruption, fraud and embezzlement where other controls (e.g. peer pressure) were powerless. People would refrain from committing these crimes due to the fear of an all-seeing God.
Now that fear is gone, and we're worse off for it. Think of the massive frauds have we seen over the last decade - Barings, Enron, Worldcom, SocGen, Madoff to name just the biggest ones. Think also of the increases in corruption levels worldwide recorded by Transparency International.
Religious education in Moldova will at the very least re-instill the fear of God into a section of Moldova's children. It will also, one hopes, give them a basic sense of right and wrong, and of duty to their country and their neighbours.
PS: One amusing aside from yesterday's meeting was Unimedia's publication of photos showing the cars driven by the two clerics. Both drove BMWs. Petru's was a bit of a banger and had standard Chisinau registration plates. Vladimir's was a shiny new model bearing official Moldovan government plates (a clear breach of the constitutional separation of church and state). An apt visual characterisation of the relative positions of the Romanian and Russian churches in Moldova.