OCA Holy Synod issues statement regarding Archbishop Seraphim

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Source:  Orthodox Church in America Originally posted on January 24, 2014. SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America has received information regarding Archbishop Seraphim (Storheim), who is on suspension from his position as Archbishop of Canada. In court proceedings that took place earlier today—Friday, January 24, 2014—in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Archbishop Seraphim was found guilty of one count of sexual assault. He also was acquitted of one count of … [Read more...]

N.Y. Cathedral Rift Widens

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Source: The National Herald BY THEODORE KALMOUKOS NEW YORK – The crisis that started a year and a half ago at the Holy Trinity Archdiocesan Cathedral in New York continues to deepen due to the strong contentiousness between the Cathedral’s Presiding Priest Anastasios Gounaris and the Parish Council, as it was manifested yet again during the council’s meeting on January 23. Gounaris dismissed Steve Hantzarides from his position as Administrative Director at the Cathedral, without the … [Read more...]

Assembly Faces Temporary Withdrawal of Participation by Hierarchs of Patriarchate of Antioch

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Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America Archbishop Demetrios of America, Chairman of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America, has issued the following statement in response to the temporary withdrawal of the Hierarchs of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America from their participation in the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America. The Synod of the Patriarchate of Antioch, in … [Read more...]

The Primacy of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

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Source: MYSTAGOGY By His Eminence Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos and Agiou Vlasiou At times, as in our days, there arises the issue of the privilege of honor of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the so-called Primacy, which is not just an honor of politeness, but it has specific canonical responsibilities. It is known that the primacy of honor of the Ecumenical Patriarchate is safeguarded by the Ecumenical Synods. In the 3rd Canon of the Second Ecumenical Synod it was ruled: "The … [Read more...]

Letter from the Secretary of the Synod of Bishops [ROCOR] to the Chairman of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in North and Central America

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Source: Pravmir.com Originally posted on January 16, 2014 From the Editors: On Tuesday, December 9, 2013, the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, during a regular meeting, deliberated on the results of the previous September’s Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America. During the discussion regarding the proposal to reorganize the Orthodox dioceses in North and Central America, the President of the Synod of Bishops stressed that the … [Read more...]

OCA Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania nominates Bishop Mark

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Source: Orthodox Church in America BETHLEHEM, PA [OCA] - His Grace, Bishop Mark of Baltimore, was nominated to fill the vacant Episcopal See of the Diocese of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania at a special Diocesan Assembly at Saint Nicholas Church here on Friday evening, January 17, 2014. Bishop Mark has served as the Diocese’s Administrator since 2012. His name will be forwarded to the Holy Synod of Bishops for canonical election. His Grace, Bishop Melchisedek, Bishop of … [Read more...]

OCA hosts third annual meeting of diocesan chancellors, treasurers

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - For the third time in as many years, the chancellors and treasurers of the Orthodox Church in America’s dioceses gathered at the Chancery here on January 14, 2014 for a meeting with His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon and the Church’s officers. The day began with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy by Metropolitan Tikhon and Protodeacon Joseph Matusiak, after which the chancellors and treasurers were welcomed. In his opening … [Read more...]

Two Orthodox Hierarchs from the Southern USA Concelebrate Theophany in SE Florida

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity (West Palm Beach, FL)  His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios - Atlanta, GA (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese - GOA) and His Grace Bishop Antoun - Miami, FL (Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese - AOCA) celebrated the Feast of Theophany in an Inter-Orthodox Service ON January 11 at Saint Catherine Greek Orthodox Church, West Palm Beach, FL. Clergy and Laity from South East Florida gathered together with the Hierarchs for the celebration.  This is the first time a … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Tikhon congratulates new Primate of the Church in the Czech Lands and Slovakia

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - In response to a letter from the Orthodox Church in the Czech Lands and Slovakia, dated January 13, 2014, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, sent a congratulatory message to Sister Church’s newly elected Primate, Metropolitan-elect Rastislav, Archbishop of Presov and Slovakia. Metropolitan-elect Rastislav was elected at the 13th General Assembly of the Church in the Czech Lands and Slovakia on January 11, 2014. “I accept this … [Read more...]

Bartholomew convokes the Primates of the Orthodox Churches

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Source: Asia News by NAT da Polis (January 7, 2014) Meeting to set guidelines and time frame for Preparatory Commission of the Pan-Orthodox Synod . But also to highlight the need to go beyond "localisms" and undertake joint initiatives . Zizioulas: self-marginalization the greatest danger of the Christian world today. Istanbul (AsiaNews ) - The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has convoked the patriarchs and archbishops of all the Orthodox Churches to a meeting in Istanbul, next March, … [Read more...]