“Anti-monopoly” proposals of the Moscow Patriarchate are taken into account in Chambesy

Moscow, June 15, Interfax – The Fourth Pan-Orthodox Pre-Council Conference in Chambesy (Switzerland) has agreed in its final decision to the need of equal management of the Orthodox Diaspora which was highlighted by the representatives of the Moscow Patriarchate before the meeting.

The Conference decided to create new bishop assemblies within the regions of Diaspora (Orthodox communities living outside of the area of local Orthodox churches) to include all canonical Orthodox bishops governing the communities of such regions.

“The decisions by such bishop assemblies will be made in conformance with the consensus of the Churches represented therein. The powers of Episcopal assemblies neither allow the interference into the eparchial jurisdiction of each bishop, nor limit the rights of his Church,” the official website of the Moscow Patriarchate reports of the decisions of the Pan-Orthodox Pre-Council Conference.

Before the Conference meetings, the Moscow Patriarchate Diocese of Korsun and Movement for Local Orthodoxy in Western Europe (OLTR) expressed their concern with the work of the Assembly of Orthodox Bishops in France (AEOF) officially headed by the Metropolitan of the Constantinople Church.

According to the Korsun Diocese and OLTR, the work of AEOF “inevitably raises tension and discontent”, as its head is “more concerned with interests of the Church which he represents”. Therefore, his election “by the total assembly of AEOF bishops would provide him more legitimacy.”


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    Fr. Constantine 13 years

    Letter of Bishop Dositheus Ivanchenko, Russian Patriarchal Exarch of North America, to the Member-Hierarchs of SCOBA, 16 May 1962:

    “…The defect which we speak of in the title of the Standing Conference concerns the word ‘canonical.’ This word ‘canonical’ in the title of the Conference does not correspond with the actual composition of the Conference. Besides canonical bishops who represent canonical eparchies, there are uncanonical bishops representing uncanonical eparchies in the Conference, e.g. the so-called Metropolinate [present-day OCA] a schismatic body which has fallen away from unity with its Mother Russian Church. …at the very adoption of the title of the Conference, it was necessary to arrive at a new interpretation of the word ‘canonical’ as used by the Conference – understanding by this word that a canonical bishop is one who received a canonical consecration. By this definition a bishop may remain canonical even though after consecration he falls away from the Canonical Church and finds himself unrecognized by any of the Canonical Regional Churches throughout the entire world.
    “This new type of ‘Augustinian’ view of canonicity is something entirely new to Orthodoxy.
    “…the Conference has become a sort of co-participant in willfull deception not only of ordinary Orthodox Christians but of judges in American courts.
    “…We think it is necessary, in view of the above-mentioned, to move the adoption of the following title for the Conference in place of the present one: ‘The Standing Conference of Bishops of the Orthodox Jurisdictions in America.’
    “With such a name, not only may such groups as the Metropolitanate be part of the Conference, but so many other uncanonical jurisdictions as well. …we believe it would be profitable to permit the various Orthodox non-canonical jurisdictions to belong to the Standing Conference. This would be one way in which they could eventually be integrated into the life of canonical Orthodoxy.”

    Of course, the self-creating, exclusive-club members of SCOBA refused Bishop Dositheus’ attempt toward fairness, just wisdom, and Christian charity approach.

    “They that are of the Church of Christ are they that are of the truth; and they that are not of the truth are not of the Church of Christ … for we are reminded that we are to distinguish Christianity not by persons who have ecclesiastical titles, but by the truth and by the exactness of the Faith.”
    -St. Gregory Palamas, 1296-1359.

    “[Even] those churches, who, although they derive not their founder from apostles or apostolic men (as being of much later date, for they are in fact being founded daily), yet, since they agree in the same faith, they are accounted as not less apostolic because they are akin in doctrine.”
    -Saint Ireneaus (130-202 AD.), Prescription Against Heretics, Vol. III, p.258, Chapter 32.

    “If then any come to you, and, as blessed John says [2 John 9-10], brings with him right doctrine, say to him, All hail, and receive such an one as a brother.”
    -St. Athenasius [296-373 AD], Second Letter to Monks.

    “Of course, faithfulness to the truth of the Great Tradition, not organizational continuity, is what counts most.”
    -Prof. Bradley Nassif, Biblical & Theological Studies at North Park University, and member of the Antiochian Orthodox Church: Will the 21st Be the Orthodox Century?, Christianity Today magazine, December 2006.

    “Unity is to be understood not in jurisdical … terms. Unity is not imposed from above by some hierarch or administrative center endowed with supreme power of jurisdiction.”
    -Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia, Communion and Intercommunion, 1980, Greek Orthodox Church-Constantinople, Light & Life Publishing, Minneapolis, MN).


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