The Patriarch of Antioch and all the East John X and Patriarch Irinej of Serbia
Dangerous situation in Orthodoxy, the current due to decisions on Ukraine, threatened the long-term split between all the members of the Orthodox Church
The Patriarch of Antioch and all the East John X and Patriarch Irinej of Serbia called on the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew to restore “fraternal dialogue” with the Russian Orthodox Church to resolve the conflict caused by the Ukrainian Church issue. This is stated in the official joint statement of the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Antiochian Orthodox Church, adopted according to the results of the visit of Patriarch of Antioch in Serbia.
The statement noted that in the Orthodox world there was a dangerous situation which cannot continue without putting the long-term split between all the members of the Orthodox Church.
“For this reason, given the urgent need to avoid further escalation of the current crisis, the Serbian and Antiochian Patriarchs call on his brother, His all Holiness Bartholomew the Ecumenical Patriarch, to restore fraternal dialogue with the Russian Orthodox Church to the fraternal support and participation of all other primates of the local Orthodox Autocephalous Churches he resolved the conflict between Tsar Grad (Constantinople) and the Moscow Patriarchate and returned to the communications world in the Orthodox Church”, – emphasized in circulation.
The bishops are convinced that in the modern world it is impossible to act, “if the Orthodox Church does not shows the world his Church unity of words and deeds and way of making decisions based on the traditional canonical order of the Church and the consensus of the Churches, regardless of their size.”
“The Church is one is not a Federation or Confederation of Churches, separated and independent from each other, which operate on the basis of their interests – note the Patriarchs. – The interests of the Orthodox Church require self-critical consideration of all unilateral processes, decisions, and queries, the use of consensus in addressing common issues between the Orthodox Churches, among which are decisions relating to Church autocephaly”.
“Only the Orthodox sobornost is a way to avoid conflicts between the Churches is not moved to a division between them that would become a threat to the unity of Orthodoxy in General,” reads a joint statement.
Earlier, the Primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church, his Holiness Patriarch Irinej condemned the decision Fanara to grant the autocephaly of the schismatic Churches of the UOC-KP and the UAOC, noting that Patriarch Bartholomew has met with a great temptation.