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Constantinople’s acceptance of Bishop Basil Osborn a threat

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=2543 Constantinople s acceptance of Bishop Basil Osborn a threat to inter-Orthodox peace - Archbishop
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      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
      pastoral problems'.

      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
      the official website of the Moscow Patriarchate.
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