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Addendum to the Act of Canonical Communion

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    http://www.interfax-religion.com/print.php?act=documents&id=100 2006-11-01 12:40:00 Addendum to the Act of Canonical Communion The Act of Canonical Communion
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      2006-11-01 12:40:00

      Addendum to the Act of Canonical Communion

      The Act of Canonical Communion goes into effect upon its
      confirmation by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, on
      the basis of the decision of the Holy Council of Bishops of the
      Russian Orthodox Church "On the Relationship with the Russian
      Orthodox Church Outside of Russia" (Moscow, October 3-8, 2004); and
      by decision of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church
      Outside of Russia, on the basis of the resolution "Regarding the Act
      on Canonical Communion" of the Council of Bishops of the Russian
      Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (San Francisco, May 15-19, 2006).

      1. In accordance with the Act on Canonical Communion, certain
      addenda and amendments are to be made to Chapter 8 of the
      Regulations [ Ustav ] of the Russian Orthodox Church ("Self-
      governing Churches") and to the Regulations [ Polozhenie ] of the
      Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.

      2. Acting in the spirit of ecclesiastical oikonomia, the Holy Synod
      of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Synod of Bishops of the
      Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia envision a five-year
      transition period for the full regularization of the status of
      former parishes of the Russian Church Abroad on the canonical
      territory of the Moscow Patriarchate, through their entering into
      the jurisdiction of the local ruling bishops. Before this period
      elapses, such parishes which are not on the territory of Self-
      governing Churches have the opportunity to be under the protection
      of a Vicar to the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, who, with the
      blessing of the Patriarch, may participate in the work of the
      Council of Bishops and Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox
      Church Outside of Russia by invitation of her First Hierarch.

      3. In the countries of the diaspora where parallel church structures
      exist, including the Holy Land, both sides will, with proper
      pastoral discretion, apply every effort to resolve problems
      hindering successful cooperation and joint witness.
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