Warsaw, March 25, 2022
Considering all the issues facing the Orthodox Church today, the hierarchs of the Polish Orthodox Church believe there needs to be a Synaxis of the Primates.
The report from the session of the Council of Bishops of the Polish Church on March 22 reads:
Current positions, in individual Local Churches, on the situation of Orthodoxy in the contemporary world were assessed. It was decided to appeal to all the leaders of the Local Churches with a call to convene their meeting in order to discuss the situation.
The Polish Church and other Churches and primates have repeatedly called for Patriarch Bartholomew to convene a Synaxis of Primates or a Pan-Orthodox Council since the Ukrainian crisis began in 2018, though the primate of Constantinople has repeatedly refused.
After the Russian Church created its African Exarchate in December, Pat. Bartholomew did begin to plan a meeting of the primates of the ancient Sees of Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch, Jerusalem, and Cyprus, in a bid to revive the ancient Pentarchy and condemn the Russian Church, though by the time invitations went out Cyprus had been dropped, and His Beatitude Patriarch John X and the Antiochian Holy Synod have declined the invitation, instead calling for true synodality in the Church.
The Polish Council also issued a statement on the fratricidal war in Ukraine at their recent session.