17 Bulgarian Bishops Eligible to Become Next Varna Metropolitan
Society | August 27, 2013
Seventeen Bulgarian bishops from a total of eighteen are eligible to
become the next Metropolitan of Varna and Veliki Preslav and succeed the
late Metropolitan Kiril at the post.
All Bishops older than 35 and under the age of 70 can run. Those who do
not wish to be considered must inform the Holy Synod in writing.
From all actual Bishops, only Teodosiy is older than 70, while Pavel is
no longer Bishop as he is facing a church tribunal and possible
stripping of all dignities.
With the sudden and surrounded by rumors and suspicions drowning death
of Metropolitan Kiril on July 9, the post became vacant and under
article 93 of the Code of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church a new
Metropolitan must be appointed within 3 months.
Under the same Code, the vote is cast by diocesan electors designated by
parish councils. The final decision is made by the Holy Synod, which is
to elect one of the two candidates who have collected the most votes.