most important to Macedonian Orthodox Church is to return to canonical field
What is most important to Macedonian Orthodox Church is to return to
canonical field, says Russian bishop
29 April 2012 | 13:51 | FOCUS News Agency
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Sofia. What is most important to the Macedonian Orthodox Church is for
it to return to the canonical field, bishop Hilarion, Chairman of
External Church Relations Department of the Moscow Patriarchate, said in
an interview with Bulgarian National Radio.
He says there are many models of church structure, which, without
obligatory recognition of autocephaly, can give the church actual
“I think we should not stick to Greek terms, such as autocephaly and
autonomy. It is necessary to set up a model that would satisfy the
Macedonian church, but which will enable it [the church] to keep in
contact with the canonical Orthodox churches and not to stay outside
this process, as it does now,” said bishop Hilarion.
According to him the issue should be settled in a dialog between the
Serbian and Macedonian orthodox churches. The Russian Orthodox Church is
always ready to help in this process and suggest solutions based on our
own experience, he added.
He says the Balkans is a very complex region.
It is not an accident that the world wars started with the Balkans and
today the region is at a crossroads of two civilization paradigms. On
the side, this is the western civilization, which works in favor of
secular values, and the view of the world through this prism. On the
other side, the east Christian heritage preserved by the local orthodox
churches is very important in the process of globalization when the
Balkan countries integrate into the European Union, bishop Hilarion said
further in the interview.
He also noted the relations between Russia and Bulgaria were developing
and added there were no problems between the two churches.
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