Официальное заявление Священного Синода Греции
Священный Митрополичий Синод
Отеческого Календаря Истинно-Православной Церкви Греции Блаженнейшего
Митрополита Ангела ЗАЯВЛЯЕТ: о разрыве соглашения - о прекращении братского и
Евхаристического общения с Болгарским Синодом митрополита Гервасия.
"Decision of the 22nd Council of our Holy
Synod: about the break of communion with the Bulgarian Synod, sub Metropolitan
In Avlona 26th of November at 2 p.m. in the
Synodical House of Holy Convent of Theogennitoros, the Holy Metropolitan Synod
of Patristic Calendar, G.O.C. Greece came to council.
Theme: THE BREAK OF COMMUNION WITH THE
BULGARIAN SYNOD OF METROPOLITAN GERVASII.
There were: His Beatitude the President of the
Holy Synod, Metropolitan of Avlona and Viotia mgr Angelos. The Representative
of His Holiness the Archibishop of Moscow and Metropolitan of all the Russias,
mgr Rafail's, Chief Secretary of the Russian Orthodox Synod, Bishop of Kalumen
mr Daniel. His Eminence the Metropolitan of Equador and Latin
America, mr Chrysostomos. The Head Secretary of our Holy Synod,
Bishop of Martyropolis mr Porfyrios. The Vicar Bishop of Pamfylia Gabriel. The
Vicar Bishop of Vithynia Cheruvim. The Synodical Archimandrite fr Kleopas. The
Record-keeper Archimandrite Agafangel. The Synod had the written authorisation
and vote of the absent Metropolitan of Abhazia Iotam, Metropolitan of Tbilisi
Christafor and Bishop of Lougdounum Jean.
His Beatitude the President, explained the
situation to the rest of Hierarchs, saying:
"There is a severe scandal, caused by
pornographic photos throughout the Internet, about the Bulgarian Metropolitan
Damaskin Dukov (who became Metropolitan by cheating and lying). We were heavily
shocked! Since the late September we had warned him that this is outrageous for
an Orthodox Bishop and we wrote three epistles, asking for expanations. We also
sent these epistles to M. Gervasii, saying that we cannot tolerate
Bishops-in-Communion to act like them, living an immoral life and scandalize
the faithfuls. As the matter was far very serious, we shared our concern with
His Holiness, Metropolitan Rafail, when we visited him on October. By then, we
decided to stop the commemorate of Gervasii and to declare his Synod outside of
our Communion. We already published to Internet that we broke Communion with
Gervasii and now we are here to decide officially about the matter".
Afterwards, Chief Secretary Bishop of Kalumen
Daniel, expressing the opinion of His Holiness Metropolitan Rafail, said that
our Russian brothers agree absolutely to break this Communion.
The rest of the Hierarchs voted in favor of
breaking the Communion with the Bulgarians and condemned the actions of the
Bulgarian Metropolitans as well as the fact that they never gave any
Thus, we unanimously decide and declare the
WE, THE HIERARCHS THAT CONSIST THE HOLY
METROPOLITAN SYNOD OF PATRISTIC CALENDAR, G.O.C. GREECE, OFFICIALLY BREAK THE
COMMUNION WITH THE BULGARIAN SYNOD OF METROPOLITAN GERVASII, AS WE ALREADY HAVE
STOPPED HIS COMMEMORATE.
WE ALSO ASK FROM HIS HOLINESS THE ARCHIBISHOP
OF MOSCOW AND METROPOLITAN OF ALL RUSSIAS RAFAIL,
TO MAKE DOCUMENT DECLARING THIS BREAK OF COMMUNION FOR CANONICAL REASONS".