Fwd: IN TALLIN, DISPUTES PREVAIL
>IN TALLIN, DISPUTES PREVAIL
>by Nikolai Konstantinov
>NG-religii, 31 January 2001
>The Estonian Apostolic Orthodox church (EAPTs) issued a protest against the
>registration of the Russian Orthodox church (RPTs) in Estonia under the
>name "Estonian Orthodox Church." This was the reaction of the Estonian
>schismatics to the latest attempt of Russian Orthodox believers to acquire
>legal status in independent Estonia (heretofore the Estonian authorities
>have been granting EAPTs Orthodox church buildings on the premise that
>there is no other registered Orthodox church in Estonia).
>The first secretary of the metropolitan of EAPTs, Fr Melety Ulm, said that
>his church is concerned that RPTs chose for itself the denomination
>"Estonian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate" for registration.
>Leaders of EAPTs received information about the projected registration on
>22 January in Vilnius at the time of a meeting with representatives of the
>Moscow patriarchate, "Blagovest-info" reports.
>"The ecumenical patriarch was simply shocked by this news," said Fr Melety
>Ulm. He added that EAPTs sent to the prime minister and the ministers of
>internal and foreign affairs a letter of protest against the selection of
>the denomination "RPTs in Estonia" and against its registration under this
>In the spring of 2000 the synod of EAPTs made the decision that the
>denominations "Estonian Apostolic Orthodox Church" and "Estonian Orthodox
>Church" are, in essence, identical. "It is clear that these denominations
>signify that church that was registered seven years ago in Estonia as the
>successor to the Orthodox church of pre-occupational Estonia," Fr Melety
>declared. In his words, registration of Orthodox churches under such
>similar names leads only to confusion and intensifies contradictions within
>public opinion: "We already are being treated as representatives of Russian
>Orthodox parishes." He observed that many people simply do not notice the
>"extremely essential indication" of affiliation with the Moscow
>patriarchate, abbreviated "MP."
>Representatives of EAPTs said that to avoid confusion parishes of the
>Moscow patriarchate should be registered and operate under their former
>denomination, "Russian Orthodox Church in Estonia" or "Diocese of the
>Moscow Patriarchate in Estonia."
>"The head of the Orthodox church under the Constantinople jurisdiction,
>Metropolitan Stefan, has many desires that are unacceptable to us with
>regard to our church and he acts to achieve them," Leonty Morozkin, the
>press secretary of the Estonian Orthodox church of the Moscow patriarchate
>stated on 24 January, commenting on the EAPTs declaration.
>The Estonian law on churches and parishes requires that the denomination of
>churches, parishes, and church societies should clearly distinguish one
>from another. It was determined by the director of the Department on
>Religious Questions of MVD of Estonia, Ilmo Au, that the chosen name of
>"Estonian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate" conforms with the
>requirements of article 13 of the law on churches and societies.
>(tr. by PDS, posted at http://www.stetson.edu/~psteeves/relnews/ on 1
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