Cathedral in Crete will not have the status of All-Orthodox, if it will not engage all the local Orthodox Churches, and its decisions are illegitimate and non-binding, the chairman of the Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.
"I think that if the council will take place, but it will be missing some of the local church, it will not be Pan-Orthodox Cathedral, and inter-Orthodox meeting. Its decisions are not binding on all churches to be absent ", - RIA" Novosti "words of Metropolitan.
He expressed hope that in the remaining time before the Orthodox council will be able to offer a solution that would satisfy all the local churches, and if this solution will be able to find it is necessary to defer the cathedral until a more favorable time.
Metropolitan Hilarion noted that the Russian Orthodox Church from the very beginning supported the holding of the Pan-Orthodox cathedral, but under certain conditions. The first condition - the consensus, the second - that the council did not discuss in advance not worked themes, and the third - an indispensable part of all local Orthodox churches.
"If these conditions are not met, then, for us there are serious questions about the status of the cathedral and its legitimacy - and about whether it is necessary to hold it at the time when he was still not prepared", - said Metropolitan Hilarion.
He also stressed that the main task - to hold a cathedral that "all of us to unite, to reconcile and become a factor of unity and not division."
"I think we need to spend the Holy Synod of another meeting in order to understand how to act in such a situation. Because those fundamental positions, which we have stated over the Pre-Council process is now virtually ignored. Somehow we have to react to it "- said Metropolitan Hilarion.
On Tuesday, the Antiochian Church has refused to participate in the Pan-Orthodox Council. Following anti-Orthodox Cathedral of ROCOR Archbishop spoke. In addition, in June 3 Bulgarian Orthodox Church has refused to participate in the Pan-Orthodox Council, which will take place on the island of Crete 16-26 June on a number of "serious reasons".
Also, some groups of Orthodox Churches issued a draft document criticized the cathedral, seeing in this document, "ecumenism", believing it to Catholics and Protestants is not called "churches" and heretics.
Pan-Orthodox Council scheduled to be held on the Greek island of Crete 16-26 of June.
Practical work on the preparation of the Pan-Orthodox Cathedral conducted intermittently since September 1961 years. This event can be a historic one for the entire Orthodox world. At the Pan-Orthodox Council must arrive at 24 bishop from each of the Orthodox Churches.
Local or autocephalous Orthodox Churches - independent of each other, but linked by a single communion - in the world there are 15: Constantinople (Turkey), Alexandria (Egypt), Antioch (Syria), Jerusalem, Georgian, Serbian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Cyprus, of Greece (Greece), the Polish Orthodox church, and the church of the Czech lands and Slovakia, and in America. Of these, the largest - the Russian Orthodox Church - brings together no less than 50 million.
Last recognized ROC Pan-Orthodox Council was held in the eighth century.