Conference on the forthcoming Pan-Orthodox Council at St. Tikhon's University

Source: DECR Communication Service

April 20, 2016


A scholarly conference, "The Pan-Orthodox Council: Opinions and Expectations," took place at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University in Moscow on April 19 with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.

Taking part in the conference were many hierarchs, including Metropolitan Pavel of Minsk and Zaslavl, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus; Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations; heads of other departments; superiors of monasteries; rectors and professors of theological schools and public figures.

In his welcoming address Metropolitan Pavel noted that the majority of bishops and priests understood the importance of the Council and added that the task of the conference was to answer questions and elucidate the meaning of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church.

Metropolitan Hilarion delivered a report on "The position of the Russian Orthodox Church in the process of preparation for the Pan-Orthodox Council." After presentation of the plenary reports, he offered his comments. He explained that a comparison of the Pan-Orthodox Council to the Ecumenical Councils was not pertinent, as the Ecumenical Councils had been convened under different circumstances to discuss different topics and sought different results. Also, each bishop at the Ecumenical Councils had a vote and decisions were taken by vote, but no one limited the number of participants.

"We have proposed from the very beginning of the preparations to convene all bishops. Thus, the decisions taken by vote would have shown the opinion of the majority. However, we were told that it was impossible to bring so many bishops together and so there should be a fixed number from each Church. At first it was twelve, later twenty, and finally twenty-four. It means that some Churches will be represented by all their bishops, but our Church, which has over three hundred and fifty bishops, will be represented by a small quantity. That is why we insisted on the decision that a Local Church rather than each member of the delegation will have a vote, thus avoiding the impression of a pan-Orthodox consensus.

"As to the documents discussed today at the conference, we would have liked to improve their wording. Believe me, we have exerted a lot of effort to make the documents better than they were, but many our amendments have not been adopted. There will be an opportunity to present amendments to the documents when His Holiness Patriarch Kirill will meet with other primates before the Council."

After a free discussion of all issues that were brought up, the participants in the conference adopted a final resolution which will be presented to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.

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DECR Communication Service


citizenofnextworld@gmail.com4/20/2016 10:26 pm
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Europe and West were never evangelised, true knowledge was/is hidden from us, it is of your duty, tasked to help and rescue, needed now more than ever. I see 100 year dream Revival will come from the Great East.
As for me I pray, one day I visit SAROVE and Moscow, then die. In Him.
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