The Serbian Orthodox Church has addressed to the head of the Constantinople Orthodox Church (KPC), which lamented the fact that "having difficulty" to participate in the Pan-Orthodox Council, and asks to postpone it for a while.
"We are compelled, with regret, but at the same time with a sense of our pastoral and ecclesiastical responsibility, to notify your dear and respected Holiness and your Holy and Holy Synod that, as everything is, our Church feels the difficulty of participating in the Holy and Great Synod convened and proposes to postpone it for a while, so that our early meeting in Crete would be considered as a pre-sessional inter-Orthodox meeting with the aim of further preparing the Council and working out with the aim of improving its texts or, to a greater extent, on cial phase in all the conciliar process that must be completed to continue in the next phase, after disagreements will be eliminated and will be reached unanimity and consensus of Churches "- quoted by RIA" Novosti "the text of the statement of the press service of the Serbian Church.
The reason for this decision was, in particular, the non-participation of the Bulgarian and Antiochian churches, as well as a number of shortcomings in the conciliar documents.
On the eve of the newspaper LOOK in detail informed about the reasons for which the Pan-Orthodox Council was in jeopardy.
At the same time on Wednesday the head of the Synodal Department of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for Church and Society Relations with the media, said Vladimir Legoyda that matters-Orthodox cathedral on Crete, which is scheduled for the second half of June, you can still decide the time for the removal of obstacles there.
On Tuesday, the chairman of the Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion told the day before that the 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.
Prior to this, the Church of Antioch 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".
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.