excerpts related to China of council's decision on external activities of ROC
originally published in Russian by sobor2008.ru
English translation by Nina Tkachuk Dimas
Decision of the Holy Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox
Church, June 24-29, 2008, "On matters of internal life and external
activities of Russian Orthodox Church"
On June 27, 2008 the Bishops' Council of Russian Orthodox Church
at the plenary session adopted a decision, "On matters of internal
life and external activities of Russian Orthodox Church".
31. The Council again calls for the full implementation of
previously reached agreements on the Estonian church issue, and
strongly rejects the attempts by the Constantinople Patriarchate to
create a semblance of a inter-Orthodox recognition of its church
structure in Estonia as an autonomous Local Church without taking into
account the views and interests of the overwhelming majority of
Orthodox believers in Estonia. In connection with the opinion of the
Patriarchate of Constantinople that inter-Orthodox measures may
include representatives of a church organization which has not
received general acceptance as an autonomous or Local Autocephalous
Church, the Council considers it necessary to insist that all meetings
where the Orthodox Plenitude is represented, include the participation
of representatives of autonomous and autonomous Churches in the
composition of the Moscow Patriarchate: the Ukrainian Orthodox Church,
the Japanese Orthodox Church, the Orthodox Church in Moldova, the
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, the Latvian Orthodox
Church, the Estonian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, the
Chinese Orthodox Church. The Autocephalous Orthodox Church in America
should also participate in these meetings.
33. The Bishops' Council declares the inviolability of the canonical
borders of the Autonomous Chinese Orthodox Church and endorses the
position on the issue made in a corresponding statement by Holy Synod
of the Russian Orthodox Church on April 15, 2008.
46. It is recognized as necessary to continue the dialogue with the
authorities of People's Republic of China, aimed at normalizing the
situation of Orthodox believers in this country and providing a legal
status for the autonomous Chinese Orthodox Church, daughter of the
Russian Orthodox Church.