Church of Serbia May Support WR Efforts in France?
- Belgrade, Wednesday, 29th September
Upon the invitation of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia, a meeting was held at the Patriarchate between the Patriarch Pavle and a delegation of the Union des Associations Cultuelles Orthodoxes de Rite Occidental (UACORO) - a Western Rite Orthodox community in France. UACORO is the linear descendent of the community begun through the efforts of Vladimir Lossky and Evgraph Kovalevsky in Paris in the late 1920s. It was canonically constituted by a Moscow Ukase in 1936 as the Orthodox Church of France. Direction after the war fell to Archbishop (Saint) John (Maximovitch) when he was Archbishop of Paris. He consecrated Fr. Evgraph as Bishop Jean-Nectaire of Saint-Denys. The church was transferred to the jurisdiction of the Romanian Patriarchate, which in 2001 deposed the ruling bishop Germain for gross infringement of church rules. Subsequently UACORO was formed from those parishes refusing to remain under the desposed Germain. His Holiness Patriarch Pavle together with His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, and His Grace Bishop Luka of Western Europe received the delegation. The UACORO delegation included Archipretre Jean Pierre Pahud, Fr. Maxime Jourdant, and M. Guy Treca. The Serbian Orthodox Diocese members included Presbyter Jovan Georgievski, parish priest of Paris, and Mr. Kosta Hristic, lay vice-president of the Executive Council of the Diocese of Western Europe. At the beginning of the meeting the UACORO delegation expressed the desire to be brought under the jurisdiction of the Serbian Orthodox Church within the framework of the Diocese of Western Europe, and by uniting with the Serbian Orthodox Church to preserve their liturgical tradition. Patriarch Pavle indicated his understanding of the difficult situation of the UACORO community of ten parishes sprerad throughout France. At the conclusion of the discussions held over several days, it was decided to form a special committee of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church to report to the next meeting of the Holy Synod.
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