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17502ROC Bishops adopt resolutions on inter-Orthodox cooperation

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  • Nina Tkachuk Dimas
    Feb 8, 2013
      Bishops’ Council has adopted several resolutions on inter-Orthodox
      8.02.2013 ·
      In the resolutions adopted by the Sacred Council of Bishops of the Russian
      Orthodox Church on February 5, 2013, there are some points concerning
      cooperation between Local Orthodox Churches.
      The Council pointed to the special importance of visits made by His Holiness
      Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to the Patriarchates of Antioch,
      Jerusalem and Bulgaria and to the Orthodox Churches of Cyprus and Poland, as
      well as visits made to our Church by the Primates of the Orthodox Churches of
      Alexandria, Jerusalem, Georgia, Greece, Poland and the Czech Lands and
      The Council approved the results of the conference that took place between
      primates and representatives of Local Orthodox Churches on November 21, 2011, at
      the Patriarchal residence in the Moscow Kremlin. The conference was attended by
      Primates of the Orthodox Churches of Russia, Georgia, Poland and the Czech Lands
      and Slovakia, as well as official representatives of the Orthodox Churches of
      Antioch, Romania and Bulgaria. The Bishops’ Council supported the conviction
      shared by all the participants in the conference that ‘all the decisions made
      both in the course of preparations for a Pan-Orthodox Church and during the
      Council itself should be made only by consensus of all the Orthodox Churches,
      not by a majority vote’ (Par. 60).
      The resolutions of the Bishops’ Council also stress that it is inadmissible
      to ignore the attitude of the clergy and faithful to the prospects of convening
      a Pan-Orthodox Council. It was underscored as important that Local Orthodox
      Churches should preliminarily reach an agreement on the procedure and agenda of
      the Pan-Orthodox Council, the principles to guide its formation, the protocol of
      its divine services and sessions as well as its draft documents. According to
      the Moscow Patriarchate hierarchs, in preparations for the future Holy and Great
      Council of the Orthodox Church, special concern should be given for the purity
      of Orthodox doctrine and a broad discussion on its draft resolutions. The
      bishops stressed the need ‘for the presidium of the Pan-Orthodox Council to
      consist of primates of all the Local Orthodox Churches’ and for the episcopate
      of Local Churches to be represented at the Council as fully as possible’ (Par.
      The Bishops’ Council also expressed concern over the dramatic aggravation of
      the situation of Christians in the Middle East and North Africa. They approved
      the efforts made by the Patriarch and the Synod to support Christians in the
      Middle East who are subjected to suppression on religious grounds as the
      political situation in the region is destabilized. ‘The vanishing of
      Christianity in the lands where it has existed for two millennia and where the
      main events of the Holy History took place would become a spiritual and
      historical tragedy’, the Council stresses in its resolution (Par. 62).
      DECR Communication Service

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