Great and Holy Council 2016 - absence of Russia

Discussion in 'General discussion' started by karnala, Jun 18, 2016.

  1. karnala

    karnala Well-Known Member

    I started posting about the Pan-Orthodox Council in the old forum, which starts on Sunday .... The absence of Russia, who almost two-thirds of the Orthodox world relies on, is an absolute shock for the Council.

    The Pan-Orthodox Council begins Sunday, despite four missing Churches

    The Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I has managed to organize a council of the 14 Orthodox Churches. Although in January 2016 all agreed to participate, last minute misunderstandings have led representatives from Bulgaria, Georgia, Antioch and Russia to pull out of their former commitment.

    The participants are already in Crete for a meeting, held Friday, for the patriarchs and archbishops of the participating churches.

    The absence of Russia, who almost two-thirds of the Orthodox world relies on, is an absolute shock for the Council.

    The meeting was originally convened to strengthen unity, resolve misunderstandings and establish a common policy with other Christian Churches.

    The Council will officially begin Sunday, June 19th. It will have its first meeting on Monday, June 20th and it's last on Saturday the 25th. When giving a hand to other churches, some suggest not officially finishing until the missing patriarchs accept the set agreements.

    Last edited: Jun 18, 2016
  2. karnala

    karnala Well-Known Member

    This is an interesting article about Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill declaring President & CEO of Billy Graham Foundation, Franklin Graham a "confessor of the faith" ~

    Could Orthodoxy Be Having its Vatican II Moment?

    Photo taken from the Holy and Great Council website

    .....Some see Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill’s recent meeting with Pope Francis in Cuba as a power grab within the Orthodox world. Certainly it was an attempt to shore up Russia’s assumed geopolitical role as the standard bearer for global social conservatism, which has attracted fellow travelers from the United States such as President and CEO of the Billy Graham Foundation, Franklin Graham, whom Patriarch Kirill recently declared a “confessor of the faith.

    The sending of Catholic observers to the Pan-Orthodox Council by Pope Francis, however, represents a more authentic attempt at ecumenism that does not depend on hardline culture wars in the public sphere. In recent years, the destruction of ancient Christian communities in the Middle East has also been a pressing issue. It is also of note that at the height of the 20th-century ecumenical movement, Orthodox theologians played a prominent role. For all these reasons and more, American readers interested in religion and politics should familiarize themselves with Orthodox Christianity.

    This interview with Fr. John, in which he relates some of the history behind this event and explains its singular significance for the Orthodox world, for Christian ecumenism, and for contemporary geopolitics, is a good place to start.....

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