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Holy Synod considers problems arising in preparations for Pan-Orthodox Council

Holy Synod considers problems arising in preparations for Pan-Orthodox Council
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3 June 2016 year 20:20

During the session of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church on June 3, 2016, it was noted that in the run-up to the Pan-Orthodox Council, serious problems arose demanding urgent joint Orthodox actions.

“The decision that the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church made on June 1, 2016, as well the continued uncertainty as to the possibility for the Patriarchate of Antioch to attend the Holy and Great Council, just as the absence of preliminary consensus on the draft Working Procedure of the Council and the document “The Sacrament of Marriage and Impediments to It” mean that at the present moment when only two weeks remain before the planned date of the opening of the Council, there are serious problems demanding urgent joint Orthodox actions”, the Holy Synod’s resolution states.

The Holy Synod adopted the Russian Orthodox Church’s amendments to the draft documents on “The Relations of the Orthodox Church with the Rest Christian World” and ‘The Mission of the Orthodox Church in Today’s World”. The amendments were formulated on the basis of judgements voiced by hierarchs, clergy, monastics and laity. It is stated in the Synod’s resolutions that as a result of the discussion held by the Orthodox Churches of Georgia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Greece as well as the Holy Kinot of Holy Mount Athos on the draft documents of the Pan-Orthodox Council, essential amendments were presented, consonant to a great extent with the proposals made by the Russian Orthodox Church, demanding a substantial consideration with the aim to find general Orthodox consensus.

The Holy Synod noted that nonparticipation of even a single Church in the Council constitutes an unsurmountable obstacle for the holding of the Holy and Great Council, considering that its decisions can be made only by consensus, as it follows from the provisions of the documents approved by the Synaxis of the Primates of the Local Churches.

In accordance with the resolution of the Holy Synod, a way out of the emergency situation could be found in the holding of an extraordinary pre-Council conference to consider the situation and to examine the amendments to the Council’s documents so that agreed proposals may be developed. As a result of this conference, the Holy Synod’s resolution states, a judgement could be made as to the possibility of holding the Pan-Orthodox Council at the planned date.

The position of the Russian Orthodox Church Holy Synod will be brought to the notice of the Primates of all the Local Orthodox Churches.

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