Constantinoples acceptance of Bishop Basil Osborn a threat
Constantinople's acceptance of Bishop Basil Osborn a threat to
inter-Orthodox peace - Archbishop Christodoulos
Moscow, January 31, Interfax - Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens and
All Greece has deplored Constantinople's decision to accept Bishop
Basil Osborn in its jurisdiction.
In a reply to Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia he
expressed regret at emerging threats 'to constructive cooperation
between local ethnic diasporas in common efforts to sold burning
The archbishop noted that this situation 'is fraught with violation
of church order and troubles harmful first of all to the unity of
holy Orthodox Churches'.
He also stressed the commitment of the Greek Orthodox Church 'to the
canonical tradition established through long church practice'.
The primate of the Greek Church believes 'the meeting of burning
pastoral needs and prevention of a dangerous divisive situation from
developing in the Orthodox diaspora could be facilitated by proposals
worked out by the Inter-Orthodox Preparatory Commission for a Holy
and Great Council at its meetings in 1990 and 1993.
Archbishop Christodoulos cited the following proposal of the
commission: 'Orthodox Churches pledge to avoid any action which can
affect a canonical settlement of the problem of diaspora including
the establishment of new dioceses in the diaspora alongside the
already existing ones'.
Despite the proposal made by the Inter-Orthodox Preparatory
Commission in 1993, the Church of Constantinople has since
established the following sees: Toronto 1996, Buenos Aires 1996, Gong
Kong 1996, Panama 1996, Spain and Portugal 2003, Korea 2004, recalls
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