Why is it then, you cannot just call the Macedonian Orthodox Church by its name, rather it has to be referred to as FYROM Orthodox Church? Do you think that perhaps this has something to do with the 'schism?'
The Nis Document, as you call it, was a working document. It was signed by every Bishop who attended the talks afterwards. Futhermore, regardless of the outcome of those talks, everything that was ad hoc agreed upon, had to be approved by the Holy Synod of each region Church, and then as Orthodoxy states, accepted by the people. SOC Bishops must have known that the Macedonian Synod and the Macedonian people for that matter, would have never accepted not being called Macedonia by the other Churches as they proposed in the Nis Working Accord. Could they have not? Is it possible that our Serbian brethren could be so far removed from their pastoral care that they didn't know the mindset of the Macedonian people?
Let's talk about the TOMOS given by the Serbian Bishops. Was this given out of pastoral care for the Macedonian people, or perhaps was the truth behind it to further the "schism" as you put it? What does His Holiness Patriarch Alexy II have to say about it:http://www.mpc.org.mk/English/news2.asp?id=828
Also, albeit unfortunate, "the crime" which you refer to with regards to the good Bishop John (Jovan) was not a crime against him. Rather, the Bishop was guilty of pursuading his former Decon in withdrawing monies that were not his. This is the crime, he not only lead astray his spiritual child, but the people in his Diocese who have rejected him. Both the Deacon (who will not have anything to do with the Bishop now) and Bishop are serving time for this. (Bishop John 1 year, Deacon Toni 5-6 months. The Deacon was released a few days ago and the Bishop, in my opinion, most likey soon) It's unfortunate that such information is not shared with everyone, but certain Bishops use this information to further inflame the situation. Why would you want to futher inflame the situation, is this pastoral care for Orthodox Christians?
I understand that misrepresentations can happen over the internet, but the lack of zeal shown by "universial" Orthodoxy towards the Macedonian people, keeping them in Communial isolation for over 40 years, is just too much. And even if you don't believe they are Macedonian, or disregard them to the depths of your soul, it is common Christian courtesy to at least listen to their side of the story. This has not been done unfortunately. And because of this, Orthodoxy continues to suffer a bit.
Please brothers and sisters, forgive me. Forgive me for the intrusion. Forgive me for not being on equal terms, forgive me for not loving you enough, forgive me for only starting to pray enough .... but please, please don't ask me to forgive you for being who I am.
The Gethsemane Prayer /with an epilogue/http://www.mpc.org.mk/English/news2.asp?id=850