Bulgaria: STATEMENT OF ST. Synod on November 14, 2012
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STATEMENT OF ST. Synod on November 14, 2012
November 14, 2012 16:49, Bulgarian Patriarchate
STATEMENT OF BULGARIAN Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church, Patriarchate
BULGARIAN SUBJECT: Letter of Reverend Bishops Gregory from Veliko
Tarnovo and Plovdiv Nikolay and questions raised by some individuals in
society and the media
Holy Synod stated that the letters of the Reverend Bishops were first
notified in the media before being presented and discussed at a meeting
of the Holy Synod, and they make a decision.
As diocesan bishops, members of the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox
Church, we feel obliged to express our opinion one of the most important
issues in the life of our own Church. This is because of the reputation
and stability of the BOC.
1. The meeting of the Holy Synod of 10.11.2012 was lawful as lawful sit
in stock - attended by 12 bishops and chaired by a senior metropolitan
service within the meaning of Art. 42, para. 1 of the Statute of the
Bulgarian Orthodox Church.
The meeting of the Holy Synod was convened on 10.11.2012 not as regular
or as exceptional within the meaning of Art. 61 of the Statute, but as
meeting provided under exceptional circumstances, such as the provision
of Art. 42, para. 1 - widowhood in the patriarchal throne.
2. The Articles of Association of the BOC no procedure for selection of
a deputy chairman. In the absence of express provisions in the Statute
of the election for President Vicar, the Holy Synod is free to choose
the voting procedure. After discussion the Holy Synod decided to hold
ballot for President Vicar for objectivity and to hold free elections.
As for the secret ballot, then mostly reveals the true will of the
voters, undistorted by fear of outside influences and suggestions. It is
by secret ballot, according to the letter and spirit of the Charter of
the BOC and the public mind, select all the organs in the BOC.
3. The presiding bishop of Veliko Gregory announces and welcomes it with
7 votes "for" for the Vicar President of the Holy Synod was elected
Varna and Veliki Preslav. All bishops accept this result as expressly
provided no majority for the election of a deputy chairman. This
decision of the Holy Synod is a special rule for the selection of a
deputy prime rather than operational decision under Art. 63 of the Charter.
No dissenting views expressed and challenged in the meeting of the Holy
The minutes of the meeting signed by nine bishops.
4. Something that should be highlighted line is that in the absence of
three bishops left the Holy Synod decided: "President-elect Suffragan is
managing Sofia bishop / diocese until a new Bulgarian Patriarch and
Metropolitan of Sofia."
It should be emphasized that the decision was taken by 8 votes "for" and
This second decision clearly shows again what the will of the members of
the Holy Synod and the decision to stabilize the election of a
deputy-chairman of the Holy Synod and managing Sofia bishopric. The
minutes of the meeting signed by nine bishops.
With 8 votes "for" Holy Synod repeated and clearly announce who the
Vicar-President and Head of the Sofia bishopric.
6. The decision of the Holy Synod on 10.11.2012, under whose strength
lies signature and Veliko Tarnovo Bishop Gregory has entered into force
upon the signing of nine metropolitan and legal effect.
Statute of the Orthodox Church and the Bulgarian and world legal system
does not know and is not an opportunity withdrawal or cancellation of
his signature after application. This is logical and legal absurdity
that law does not allow for legal and public safety.
Canons of the Holy Orthodox Church is adamant about the behavior of each
bishop. XIII Carthaginian rule states: "If someone does something,
although already given consent and signature, this will deprive
themselves of honor."
Beyond this factual and legal matter, any other comments and
interpretations not afford any member of the Holy Synod, outside the
We emphasize that BOC is a self-institution and the Holy Synod not
permitted to adopt interpretations, suggestions and work under pressure
from anyone, including the members of the Holy Synod, when they do
outside the established order in the meetings of the Holy Synod.
We, the members of the Holy Synod, the bishops have a responsibility and
we take the liberty to call into question our responsible service of God
and in favor of the authority of our native Bulgarian Orthodox Church.
In connection with the letters of the Reverend Bishops Gregory Veliko
Tarnovo and Plovdiv Nikolay Holy Synod decided:
Confirms choices Vicar President of the Holy Synod and managing Sofia
bishopric / Diocese of Varna and Veliki Preslav, until a new Bulgarian
Patriarch and Metropolitan of Sofia.
In relation to the issues raised by some persons in the public and media
space after death of Bulgarian Patriarch, the Holy Synod expressed the
According to the Constitution and the Law on Religious Bulgarian
Patriarch and Metropolitan of Sofia. These two posts combined in one
person are inseparable. Primary is the position of the patriarch, who is
Metropolitan of Sofia. In the case of the widow of the Patriarchate of
BOC only possible Sofia Suffragan Bishop is chairman, the election of
Patriarch, who is also the Bishop of Sofia.
We remind the whole Bulgarian public that during the schism injury
claims breakaway from the unity of the Church was the division of
post-Suffragan Bishop Chairman and Sofia. There should be no double
standard. All this is overcome and the Holy Synod obeys religion and the
decision of the Constitutional Court.
After the passing of Bulgarian Patriarch can not be convened church
councils, to make changes in the Constitution and especially to change
the material conditions and the procedure for selecting the Patriarch
before the electoral council convened Patriarchal and Synodical be taken
by ordinance similar object.
General principle of law that apply rules which are acted at the time of
opening of the electoral process, and this is formally opened after the
death of Patriarch.
All we as bishops - members of the Holy Synod to accept moral
responsibility believer Bulgarian people to the authority of the Church,
which should not destroy this historic moment.
And finally recalled that the contested decisions and procedures of
organs of the BOC to bodies outside the Bulgarian Orthodox Church are
unacceptable. According to the canons of the Holy Orthodox Church such
behavior is punishable. In this respect, it is clear the contents of the
article. 226 of the Constitution.
The choice of the head of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church is not subject
to government review. This is the canonical question and issue
management decisions of the autocephalous Orthodox Church.
We, the members of the Holy Synod, we are convinced that all the wise
statesmanship and accept compulsory religious consciousness of the
Constitutional Court's decision not to interfere in the internal life of
religious institutions! This in today's historical moment is necessary
for the authority of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. We believe that
church and state, and now we will work for the benefit of the Bulgarian
people and the unity of our holy Church.
Vicar-PRESIDENT OF ST. Synod
+ Varna and Veliki Preslav
MEMBERS OF ST. Synod:
+ SLIVEN METROPOLITAN Yoanikii
+ Metropolitan of Vidin Dometian
+ RUSE METROPOLITAN NEOFIT
+ Nevrokopska METROPOLITAN Nathanael
+ Stara Zagora Galaktion
+ Metropolitan Gabriel of Lovech
+ Dorostolski METROPOLITAN Ambrose
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