The Moscow Patriarchate refuses to participate in the Pan-Orthodox Council, which was due to open 16 June to settle misunderstandings with the unwillingness to come to his other Local Churches.
Towards the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew there are new sticking points
Head of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion has just said that the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has decided not to go to the island of Crete, where 16 June was due to open the Pan-Orthodox Cathedral, while its participation in it will not confirm those local churches - Antioch, Bulgarian, Georgian and Serbian - who had previously made a "refusal" regulations. In a statement on this occasion Metropolitan reminded that in the Orthodox Church "recently intensified criticism of the process of preparation of this event." Negative notes sounded in the ROC itself, but Hilarion stressed, "we tried to separate the wheat from the chaff", so that public opinion was considered and amended two draft conciliar documents.
Special "Foreign Minister" of the Russian Orthodox Church said that Moscow is constantly insisted on the dissemination of the principle of consensus, including the presence of all the Churches at the Council, even if one church is not - there is no consensus. According to Hilarion, such consent was not as early as January of this year at the Pre-Council Meeting, Synaxis, in Switzerland, when Antiochian Patriarchate warned that he is not ready to go to Cyprus in a situation of lack of progress in a dispute with the Jerusalem Patriarchate of the canonical Qatar accessories. The head of the DECR drew attention to the fact that the problems in inter-church relations, there are other local church. Serbian Patriarchate in conflict with the Romanian, after the latter created in the canonical territory of the Serb his diocese. Claims to Bucharest and Moscow raises - Romanians established diocese and Moldova, which considers its ROC. Metropolitan Hilarion also reminded that in 1996, the Patriarchate of Constantinople has created a concurrent jurisdiction in Estonia and expressed his opposition to the fact that the Pan-Orthodox Council was not invited to the Orthodox Church in America.
It turns out the following: we know that serious theological questions to the Pan-Orthodox Council should not be discussed. Accordingly, the convening and operation of the event was seen as working out the mechanism of coordination of interests of the local church a kind of arbitration, where the patriarchs and metropolitans could constructively, without issuing a public debate on the fun to negotiate with each other and solve the problems of inter-church relations. Historically, the arbitration took place under the influence of a strong imperial power. So, at least, it was during the Byzantine Empire. But now Constantinople and Istanbul for a long time, and instead of the Christian emperor there is a Turkish-Islamist president, so you need the churches had to learn to negotiate on their own. On the role of chairman of the arbitration claimed the Patriarchate of Constantinople and its head - Patriarch Bartholomew. The question was, how to choose the methodology.
Approximate to the Patriarchate of Constantinople Bartholomew Archdeacon Ioannis Hrisavgis in an interview with US portal the Crux, commenting on the preparations for the convening of the Council, he said: "If one or more churches will not be on it, the decisions will still be mandatory for all Orthodox Churches. If any church wants to leave and did not participate in the work, I think it would be a sad reflection of its own marginalization. " That is, it was a question about how to use the principle of qualified or maybe even a simple majority. Opposed by other Churches, in particular, Russian Orthodox, who insisted on the principle of full consensus, considering that the consent of all parties to the arbitration to develop solutions more important than his own search for and approval. After all, a simple vote and punching of a new opinion would generate discord and resentment that would have poisoned relations between the Churches in the future. And considering that the Church - the institution is extremely sluggish, the revision of the existing relationship between them is very difficult and quite rare, transient solutions for the church's standards, which would have a larger share of tactical considerations, voted by means of political technologies, would be a disaster.
Judging by the fact that the Antiochian, Bulgarian, Georgian and Serbian Church refused as a result of the arrival of the Cathedral, from the Patriarchate of Constantinople and Patriarch after weighing not find the exact weight, Phanar was too "easy" for him to be trusted with the responsible role of chief arbitrator. And then what? From the sometimes more visible, so that we give the opinion of the Austrian Catholic publications KATHPRESS. In the end, in his opinion, the opening of the work of the Council, rather, will depend mainly on the reactions patriarchates, Moscow and Constantinople. If the ROC will stay at home, "fail" Cathedral, even if it will not be officially canceled. And it hit the rating of the Constantinople Patriarch Bartholomew, the main initiator of convening a Pan-Orthodox Council. Although the semi-official Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, speaking of the voiced earlier public claims, said that the Moscow Patriarchate is not the driving force behind their displays, as some might think, but the signal was given to Bulgaria, and then the patriarchates of Antioch and Serbia, which are not They were known for their hostility in principle to the idea of convening the Council. Another interesting nuance. Secretary of the Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kiev Patriarchate, Archbishop Yevstratii said in an interview Kredo.ru that "Patriarch Kirill met with the Pope, which took place on February 12, affected the preparation of the Council," and he thinks "about it again and again remember in the context of this Council, no matter how the situation evolved. " And what would it mean?