Delegation of Serbian Orthodox Church will go to Crete, but could leave the Council
Source: Serbian Orthodox Church
Belgrade, June 15, 2016
THE HOLY SYNOD OF BISHOPS OF THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX
15th June 2016
C O M M U N I Q U E
In brotherly love, while with responsibility and hopes preparing for the participation in the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church, which, God willing, is to be held at the Orthodox Academy at Crete around Pentecost, from June 17 to 26, 2016, the Holy Synod of Bishops in its broader composition at its session held at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade, on June 15, 2016, regarding the situation created after the ordinary convocation of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, takes the following decision:
First of all, having in mind the importance and significance of the Council, our Church wants, in a spirit of ecclesial upbuilding, to contribute to this Holy and Great Council fulfilling the criteria and the measure of true Councils in the history of the Orthodox Church, thereby justifying its title.
On the other hand, our Church requests that problems and matters not only of the Serbian Orthodox Church, but also of the other most Holy Churches that cancelled their participation in the Council, be considered at the Council.
With this aim in mind, the Holy and Great Council should last as long as these questions are to be considered, and must not be hostage to previously layed-out and accepted rules. Exclusively with the full consensus can the Council be considered as a Holy and Great Council.
At last, our Church insists that the gathering on the island of Crete be the beginning of the Conciliar process, that the matters in question should be solved during its working process, but in the spirit of the conciliar tradition of the Church of Christ.
In the case that the Churches present at the Council, with the Ecumenical Patriarchate at its head, persist in the position that the absent Churches boycott the work of the Council without any real reason, and in the case that the already present Churches refuse to take into consideration all the matters in question, problems and disagreements, the representatives of the Serbian Orthodox Church at the Council will be, regretfully, forced to leave the sessions of the Council and in that way join the Churches that are already absent.
This is by no means a threat or ransom, but a consequent implementation of the position and decisions of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church held in May 2016.
In the spirit of our ecclesial and pastoral responsibility, we present these positions hoping in the illuminating action of the All-Holy Spirit.
Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade -
15 / 06 / 2016
Also here you can read
Serbian Church to participate in Pan-Orthodox Council
Russia, Serbia, Greece could launch European pilgrimage route
Court drops criminal charge against David Daleiden
Chick-fil-A's Famous Closed-on-Sunday Policy Defied Amid Orlando Shooting Crisis
VIDEO: ‘Unity cannot be imposed on churches’ – Russian Orthodox Church spokesman to RT
Patriarch of Alexandria calls upon all local Orthodox Churches to participate in Pan-Orthodox Council
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk: Voices of the Churches should not be disregarded
Judge says Alabama must perform gay ‘marriages’
Fresco Paintings Discovered in Shanghai Church
Metropolitan Filaret awarded Medal of St. Mark of Ephesus
Metropolitan Tikhon (OCA) issues Archpastoral Letter, Public Statement on the Orlando shootings
Pan-Orthodox Council will not be legitimate if held without some Churches - Metropolitan Hilarion