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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.portal-credo.ru/site/?act=news&id=98478&topic=737 [Google Translation]: February 6, 2013, 13:28 MEDIA MONITORING: Woe to the victors. Bishops ROC
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      February 6, 2013, 13:28
      MEDIA MONITORING: Woe to the victors. Bishops ROC finally buried the
      church democracy

      Completed its work the Council of Bishops of the ROC - 17 th in a row
      starting with the Council September 8, 1943 - the same one that took
      place just 10 days after the meeting of Stalin with three Metropolitans.
      Then displayed "Bolshevik tempo," good for the delivery of bishops at
      the Council sent a military aircraft ... However, due to the current
      17th ROC appropriate to recall the XVII Congress of the CPSU (b), 1934,
      which was named by Soviet propaganda "Congress of Victors", because of
      its delegates - representatives of the Soviet Communist Party elite - is
      triumphant in the revolution, collectivization, for performing four
      years of the first "five-year plan." Alas, soon the phrase "Congress of
      Victors" acquired sadly ambiguous tone, as the end of the next
      "five-year plan," most of its members milled machine of repression.

      Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church in 2013 like a
      "Congress of Victors" not only for its serial number. A significant part
      of its members - those who have benefited from the church-administrative
      reforms of Patriarch Kirill. We have in mind primarily the 87 bishops
      (one-third of the total) who received his high rank in the last two
      years, thanks to the creation of new dioceses, and those who had a
      chance to head the newly formed 33 metropolis and get a coveted white
      hood - Orthodox similar to red Cardinals cap.

      Others too sinful to complain, because their episcopal authority,
      traditionally the ROC almost limitless, but in recent years has
      increased, and administrative power was added to sole control over the
      diocesan bishops and parish property. A property that is now difficult
      to even count: after the entry into force of the law on the restitution
      of religious buildings at the disposal of the Russian Orthodox Church
      had such a number of properties, which even such a large religious
      organization has not been able to master. Therefore, only an inventory
      of church property (land, forest and water reserves and buildings),
      which began the financial and economic management of the Patriarchate in
      2010, has not yet been completed - complained in his report to the
      Council, Patriarch Kirill.

      Against the background of inspirational texts adopted by the Council,
      expressing concern ROC environmental problems, family law and juvenile
      justice, as well as accounting and technology of processing of personal
      data, was in the shadow of the Cathedral of the current key affair. It
      certainly is to change the management of the ROC Constitution, adopted
      in a closed session on the third day. In fact, this action can be
      described as a "constitutional" coup for the Constitution to revise
      provisions relating to no less determination instance supreme
      ecclesiastical authority. If, according to the former version of the
      Charter, the fullness of supreme power - as in the field of doctrine and
      canonical ordering of the Church - to carry out the Local Council
      (involving not only the bishops, but also simple clergy, religious and
      laity), it is now the prerogative of those actually in full the amount
      appropriated by the Bishops' Council. The Local same cathedral only by
      the election of the Patriarch, the granting autocephaly parts of the ROC
      and vague powers like "care about keeping the unity of the Russian
      Orthodox Church."

      The old rule of the Constitution, providing for regular timing of the
      Local Council (at least every five years) has been abolished by the
      Bishops' Council in 2000, and now canceled any regulation at all of
      these terms from now on local council meets only on an "as needed." This
      "measure" defines the Council of Bishops, "in exceptional cases" -
      Patriarch and Synod. Compared to these authorities the powers the
      Council of Bishops also noticeably reduced: if earlier its examination
      subject the establishment, reorganization and liquidation of the
      administrative-territorial structure of the church (eg, dioceses) and
      the Synodal institutions, now this is decided by the Synod, and the
      Council of Bishops of can only approve. However, this practice has long
      been rooted, and now it only legitimized after the fact.

      The main problem, of course, not the case. The current management of the
      ROC Constitution clearly stipulates that the authority of the supreme
      authority in the church is just a Local, not the Council of Bishops.
      Charter adopted the Local Council, and make changes to it, the more of
      this character, is empowered only local council. Therefore the Council
      of Bishops of the act in any way can not be considered legitimate. To
      call things by their names, it is the usurpation of ecclesiastical
      authority. And not so much in favor of the Council of Bishops as the
      Patriarch, which is quite troublesome to impose its own solutions to the
      Local Council, while the bishops would not dare contradict him, as are
      under his full control.

      Manipulation, undertaken at the current Council of Bishops, contrary not
      only to procedural canonical norms, but also the spiritual foundations
      of the Orthodox Church, one of the fundamental self-determination which
      - "catholic." Catholicity of the Church is traditionally understood as a
      representation not only of bishops, and the whole Church.

      Of course, in actual practice, the principle of catholicity ROC long
      forgotten, but now the Russian Church is no longer even nominally catholic.

      "Well, where is now your vaunted collegiality?" - Not without malice
      inquired Orthodox interlocutors a Catholic in connection with the audit
      of ecclesiastical order, which conducts leadership of the Moscow
      Patriarchate. Clear answer he could not give ...

      As such, the Council of Bishops and himself today is largely decorative
      event, and the participants seemed to perfectly understand it. It is
      easy to see that during the meetings of a bishop, as a rule, are in the
      half-asleep, not too bother thinking over what is happening, not
      satisfied with the discussions and debates, but only say usually
      unanimously prearranged Patriarch and Synod solutions. For the most
      part, these solutions correspond to the practical interests of the
      bishops, to enable them to create outrage in the dioceses.

      But the triumph of the church nomenclature too cynical to continue for
      long. As delegates' congress winners "did not understand the country
      they live and what awaits them soon, as well as members of the Council
      of Bishops concluded seem completely lost feedback as his flock, and to
      society in general. They claim to be the teachers, "God's truth," and do
      not stand on ceremony, even with the canonical Constitution and the
      fundamental principles of his own church, imagining herself some
      oligarchs "spiritual Gazprom". Do not be surprised if in the near
      future, the corporation will suffer bankruptcy.

      Anatoly Chernyaev

      "NG-religion" , February 6, 2013
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