Official Statement from the Meeting of the Holy Synod of Antioch held on October 15-17, 2013

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Source: Patriarchate of Antioch Facebook Page Statement by the Secretariat of Holy Synod of Antioch Balamand, October 17, 2013 The Holy Synod of Antioch held its second session from October 15th through 17th, 2013. His Beatitude Patriarch JOHN X presided over the meeting, with the participation of Their Eminences, the Metropolitans and Fathers of the Holy Synod of Antioch: Spiridon of Zahleh and its dependencies; Georges of Jbeil, Batroun and their dependencies; Yuhanna of Lattakia and … [Read more...]

OCA Holy Synod elects Archimandrite David [Mahaffey] to Alaska See

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - Archimandrite David [Mahaffey] was elected by the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America to fill the vacant Episcopal See of Sitka and Alaska on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. The election took place during the fall session of the Holy Synod at the OCA Chancery. Delegates to the Assembly of the Diocese of Alaska on September 15, 2012 had nominated Father David, who has been serving as the diocese’s … [Read more...]

OCA Holy Synod began fall session Tuesday, October 15

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - The fall session of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America opened on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, and will run through Thursday, October 17. According to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary, on Monday, October 14, the eve of the meeting, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, will meet with members of the Sexual Misconduct Policy Advisorary Committee (SMPAC), at which time a final revision of the new Policies, … [Read more...]

Transparency and the Finances of Metropolises

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Source: Estiator - The Restaurateur Peter S. Makrias, Publisher-Editor October 2013 In addition to all that we have already written about the hegemonic authority exercised by the Metropolitans of our Church in America, we must also note the fact that they do not offer an account for their actions and decisions.  Among other things, they do not offer any public accounting of their income and expenses, as the Archdiocese does at its Clergy-Laity Congresses.  It is there that the … [Read more...]

Constantine and current church politics

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Source: Ekklesia 2013 marks the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan, when emperor Constantine ended the persecution of Christianity, to which he had converted. In early October, World Council of Churches General Secretary Dr Olav Fykse Tveit praised Constantine’s legacy in glowing terms. Yet in reality it has been a mixture of harm and good. Tveit sent his regrets to Serbian church leaders for being unable to attend anniversary ceremonies to which they had invited him, stating that … [Read more...]

Independent audit for 2012 now available

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - The independent audit of the Orthodox Church in America’s financial records for the year ending December 31, 2012, conducted by the auditors Lambrides, Lamos, Taylor LLP, has been completed and is available on-line. “For the third consecutive year the OCA has been issued an unqualified or ‘clean’ audit opinion,” said Melanie Ringa, OCA Treasurer.  “The unqualified opinion is the best type of report an auditee can receive from the … [Read more...]

An Extraordinary Session of the ROCOR Synod of Bishops is Held

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Source: Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia On Wednesday, July 10, 2013, an extraordinary session of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia was held, presided over by its First Hierarch, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York. Participating in the meeting were permanent members of the Synod of Bishops: His Eminence Archbishop Mark of Berlin and Germany; His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America; His … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Council approves balanced 2014 budget, recommends Atlanta as AAC site

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - The fall session of theMetropolitan Council of the Orthodox Church in America drew to a close on Thursday, September 26, 2013. Metropolitan Council members participated in a full-day retreat led by Priest Nicholas Solak and Dr. Al Rossi on the topic of conflict resolution on Monday, September 23.  Council members were presented with a variety of techniques and methods to enhance communication and to identify and work through conflicts … [Read more...]

Parish council chief ousted after seeking suspension of priest

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Source: Chicago Tribune By Lisa Black and Alexandra Chachkevitch, Chicago Tribune reporters  A request by a Glenview church to suspend its priest until the conclusion of a criminal investigation that involves him has prompted a sharp rebuke from the leader of the Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago, who then ordered the removal of the parish council president who made the request. James Gottreich, council president at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, wrote last week to Metropolitan Iakovos, the … [Read more...]

Report: What Are Orthodox Priests Paid?

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Source: The National Herald by Theodore Kalmoukos BOSTON, MA – A newly-assigned priest that has just graduated from the Seminary should make an annual salary of $49,128-$66,528 plus extra benefits such as insurance, an automobile, a house (or an allowance for one) retirement contributions, seminars expenses, among other ones. A priest with 35 years of ministry and more will earn $113,856-$120,144, according to the Clergy Compensation Plan for 2013. The priests’ salaries are the biggest … [Read more...]