Russian Orthodox Church pulls out of the scheduled Pan-Orthodox Council in Crete

Russian Orthodox Church pulls out of the scheduled Pan-Orthodox Council in Crete

[“What if you called a meeting and only a few people showed up?”]

Catholic World News – June 13, 2016

The Russian Orthodox Church will not send representatives to the Pan-Orthodox Council that is scheduled to open in Crete on June 19, the Moscow patriarchate has announced.

“We will not be able to participate,” said Metropolitan Hilarion, the chief ecumenical official of the Moscow patriarchate.

At an emergency meeting, called in response to decisions by several Orthodox bodies to pull out of the gathering, the Russian Orthodox Synod called for postponement of the gathering.

The withdrawal of the Russian Orthodox Church, which is by far the largest of the world’s Orthodox bodies, ends the hopes that the Pan-Orthodox Council– an unprecedented gathering that has been planned for 50 years– would be a worldwide demonstration of unity among the Orthodox churches.

From the Byzantine TX blog: So, if you’re keeping score…

Holy and Great Council
Pentecost 2016
“He called all to unity”

Ecumenical Patriarchate
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

Patriarchate of Alexandria
Patriarch Theodore of Alexandria

Patriarchate of Antioch
Patriarch John of Antioch

Patriarchate of Jerusalem
Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem

Church of Russia
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow

Church of Serbia
Patriarch Irinej of Serbia

Church of Romania
Patriarch Daniel of Romania

Church of Bulgaria
Patriarch Neophyte of Bulgaria

Church of Georgia
Patriarch Ilia of Georgia

Church of Cyprus
Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus

Church of Greece
Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and all Greece

Church of Poland
Metropolitan Sawa of Warsaw and all Poland

Church of Albania
Archbishop Anastasios of Albania

Church of Czech Lands and Slovakia
Archbishop Rastislav of Czech Lands and Slovakia

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