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Bulgaria's Youngest Bishop 'Boycotts' Holy Synod Vote

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=145054 Bulgaria s Youngest Bishop Boycotts Holy Synod Vote Society | November 12, 2012, Monday *Plovdiv* Bishop
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      Bulgaria's Youngest Bishop 'Boycotts' Holy Synod Vote
      Society | November 12, 2012, Monday

      *Plovdiv* Bishop *Nikolay* has announced Monday his official position on
      the selection of *Varna* metropolitan Kiril to serve as interim *Sofia*
      metropolitan bishop and interim head of the *Bulgarian Orthodox Church*.

      In an open letter to the **Holy Synod**, *Nikolay* states he intended to
      keep silence for 40 days and skip attending the Synod's meetings.

      Kiril was elected Saturday interim patriarch by the **Holy Synod** of
      the Church at a special sitting.

      In the letter, Bishop *Nikolay* shares his alarm about the decision such
      as holding a secret vote where Kiril received support of 7 of the 12
      attending metropolitans. He cites the **Holy Synod** Code requiring the
      presence of all 15 bishops.

      "Article 63, paragraph 2, of the Code of our Church, postulates that the
      **Holy Synod** must make all its decisions with a majority of more than
      half of all its members. This condition cannot be debated. It also
      includes the requirement for the vote of the **Holy Synod** to always be
      an open one in order to give all members the opportunity to voice an
      opinion even to those who cannot attend for some reason such an illness.
      They can vote in writing or on the phone," *Nikolay* writes.

      The Bishop notes the secret vote violates the rights of absent member
      and shows some bishops have made inadmissible deals under the table.

      He concludes with informing that he wished to spend the next 40 days in
      mourning, prayer and reflection, as his Christian faith required.
      *Nikolay* further asks the **Holy Synod** to excuse his absence should
      they decide to meet in the next 40 days.

      The other candidate for the position, vacant after the recent demise of
      Bulgarian *Patriarch Maxim*, was *Sliven* metropolitan *bishop Yoaniky*.

      Kiril will lead the *Bulgarian Orthodox Church* for four months and will
      be instrumental preparing the convention of a National Church Council to
      elect a new Patriarch.

      Bulgaria's *Patriarch Maxim*, who has led the Church since 1971, died
      Tuesday, age 98, and was solemnly buried Friday.

      After Maxim's death, the Synod initially gave the position of *Sofia*
      bishop - a position held by Bulgaria's Patriarch - to *Nikolay*.

      During 2011 and early 2012, *Varna* and *Veliki Preslav* *bishop Kiril*
      raised controversy after being spotted riding a top modern *Lincoln MKZ
      Hybrid* car. <http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=138096>

      This incident has renewed debate about the sources of wealth among
      senior Bulgarian clergy.

      On his part, *Plovdiv* bishop *Nikolay*, Bulgaria's youngest
      metropolitan, is renowned for his hardline religious stance and
      controversial statements about gays
      <http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=119878>, the US pop star
      Madonna <http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=107562>, and surrogate
      mothers <http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=142528>, among others.

      He opposed vehemently the visit of Pope John Paul the Second in
      Bulgaria, calling him a heretic, and is also known for his weakness for
      expensive watches and automobiles, and for walking around the laity in
      the company of burly bodyguards.

      In mid-January, Bulgaria's so-called Files Commission -- a panel
      investigating the Communist era secret files, exposed eleven out of a
      total of fifteen Bulgarian Metropolitan bishops as former DS agents.

      *Nikolay* is one of the few in the **Holy Synod**, who have not worked
      for the former *State Security*, but he is also much younger than the rest.

      When the bishops Communist past was revealed, he called on them to
      repent and/or resign.

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