Carrying cathedrals local Orthodox churches on a regular basis will facilitate the discussion of the most pressing problems in world Orthodoxy, including the situation of the Church in Ukraine, and the meeting in this format will be a real Pan-Orthodox Council, RIA Novosti said the head of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society, Institute of Europe Russian Academy of Sciences, Roman Lunkin.
Today it became known that the council a number of local churches in Crete sounded the idea to hold such meetings on a regular basis. The fact that the meeting was originally conceived as Crete Pan-Orthodox Council. But shortly before the start of the four (of 14) local churches - Russian (the largest), Georgia, Antioch and Bulgarian - refused to participate in it due to a number of issues concerning the preparation of the event. Although it has initiated the Cathedral of the Patriarchate of Constantinople holds the cathedral in a timely manner, although the Russian Church has repeatedly stated that without the participation of at least one church he can not have the status of pan-Orthodox, and its decisions are not obligatory character.
"This corresponds to an ancient tradition, when churches could continue for a long time, and for several years, and even with interruptions, for several decades. I think it will be called Pan-Orthodox Council in fact, no matter how many years did not continue. If this format is, all will still be open to all the church first as observers -. something will agree with something does not agree in the Orthodox environment, even it does not matter whether or not full agreement about documents The key is that local churches would make of the debate... The process itself, "- said Lunkin.
Experts have called the idea sounded in Crete desire to "renew discussion" in order to attract refuse to participate in this meeting of the church, in order to hold a discussion "on a wider range of issues." At such meetings, in his opinion, "will raise the most acute problems", which will lead to a discussion of autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church. Currently, as Lunkin believes the Patriarchate of Constantinople is "trying to be cautious about this issue, so as not to spoil relations with the Moscow Patriarchate." In addition, the recognized world Orthodoxy Ukrainian Orthodox Church "does not ask for full independence"