Bulgarian Church not sending any representatives to fraternal gathering in Jordan

Sofia, February 21, 2020

His Holiness Patriarch Neofit of Bulgaria. Photo: 3.bp.blogspot.com His Holiness Patriarch Neofit of Bulgaria. Photo: 3.bp.blogspot.com     

The Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church issued a statement today on the official Bulgarian Patriarchate website, announcing that neither His Holiness Patriarch Neofit nor any other hierarchs will attend the upcoming fraternal gathering in Amman, Jordan.

Unlike the other Local Churches that had already declined to participate, the Bulgarian Synod does not indicate the reason for its decision.

The statement reads:

In connection with the letters received from His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem, in which he sent an invitation to participate in the fraternal gathering of the primates of the Local Orthodox Churches and their delegations in Amman, Jordan, the Holy Synod of the BOC-BP informs that it will refrain from participating in the aforementioned meeting, and, accordingly, will not send its representatives to Amman, the capital of Jordan. The Holy Synod expresses its personal fraternal love for His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem and its deep reverence for the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the thousands-of-years-old guardian of the lifegiving Tomb of the Lord.

Тhus far, 6 Churches have publicly announced that they are attending, whether via their primate or other representative hierarchs: Jerusalem, Moscow, Serbia, Romania, Poland, and the Czech-Slovak Church, and 7 have publicly announced that they are not attending: Constantinople, Alexandria, Cyprus, Greece, Albania, Georgia, and Bulgaria.

The Antiochian Church has made no public announcement on the matter, and the Orthodox Church in America, whose autocephaly is not universally recognized, was not invited.

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Renato2/23/2020 11:26 pm
Bisogna pregare, ritirarsi nel deserto del nostro cuore per ritrovare il soffio primordiale infuso in Adamo nel momento creazione e in noi oscurato dai nostri peccati, il Signore non abbandonerà la sua Chiesa, la sua roccia, la sua casa e riconoscerà i suoi servi fedeli nonostante il tradimento di alcuni gerarchi. Preghiamo dunque!
Maurizio Quarta2/23/2020 8:43 pm
If think it is time to say the truth. All the Patriarchs and Hierarchs who decided to stay home advancing childish and insincere reasons or no reasons at all or crediting their choice to nonexistent Canons of the Church, are obeying for fear and weakness to the same hearthly power which is behind Fanar. They give up again Our Lord at the price of thirty dinar and lacerate again and once more Christ's tunic, as we read on the Holy Scriptures. Every Orthodox believer can not pretend nothing has happened and must take his own stance on it. These are hypocrites and false Hierarchs, if they don't take care of the Holy Body of Christ. They sin against the Holy Spirit and therefore must be deposed. May we pray for the Schismatics?
Gary Cox2/22/2020 5:12 pm
When Rome attempted to control the Church our Patriarchs/ Bishops stood strong and didn't cave in to Rome's heavy handed demands. Our Patriarchs today seem weak. If they bow down and accept Constantinople's demands then Bartholomew will be like a steam roller and squash any resolve left. They will be his puppets. Continue to pray for our Patriarchs and ourselves.
Mikhail2/21/2020 10:47 pm
Bulgaria, Georgia, and Antioch had the courage to stay away from the robber synod in Crete. Now they have the opportunity to take a stand for the persecuted Church of Ukraine and Metropolitan Onufriy. The canonical Church in Ukraine is being confiscated by Church raiders. They are being beaten by schismatics who are being led by laymen who are pretending to be Hierarchs. And these three Patriarchates are deciding to stay home?!? This makes me sick to my stomach! I know that Antioch has not yet responded...but I'm not holding my breath. For shame!
Alexander Leitner2/21/2020 10:22 pm
Shame on all of them for not attending! I am disappointed seeing so many Hierarchs and Local Churches being so weak. Bartholomew has to be deposed!
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