"Decision of the Holy Synod of Antioch regarding All Bishops
Metropolitan PHILIP writes:
Esteemed Members of the Board of Trustees of the Archdiocese,
Beloved Clergy and Parish Councils and all Faithful of our God-Protected Archdiocese,
Greetings and blessings to all of you in the spirit of this Holy and Great Lent.
Enclosed, please find two copies of the Holy Synod decision regarding all bishops within the Holy See of Antioch. This decision was adopted by the Holy Synod of Antioch which was convened at the Patriarchate in Damascus, February 24th, 2009. The Patriarch and the Holy Synod are the highest authority in our Antiochian Church. You will find enclosed the Arabic text and the English translation which is mine. Since this was a special Synod meeting with only one item on the agenda concerning the bishops, the proposed text of this decision was sent to the members of the Holy Synod, who were not present, for their approval."
The decisions are as follows:
ThE DECISION REGARDING THE AMENDING OF ARTICLES CONCERNING
BISHOPS ACCORDING TO THE BY-LAWS OF THE PATRIARCHATE
CHAPTER VI, THE BISHOPS
The Patriarch is the reference point of afl bishops in Damascus, Patriarchal Monasteries and Vicariates; and they are under his authority
The Metropolitan is the point of reference of all bishops in his Archdiocese and they are under his authority.
All bishops within the Antiochian See are auxiliary bishops arid are directly under their spiritual authority.
The Metropolitan defines the responsibilities of the bishops and the place where they should serve. The bishop does not do anything contrary to the will of the Metropolitan.
The aforementioned articles 75, 76, 77 and 78 are applicable in all Antiochian Archdioceses and whatever contradicts these articles Is null and void.
Issued by the Holy Synod of Antioch, Damascus, February 24, 2009 Signed by: His Beatitude, IGNATIUS IV, Patriarch
His Eminence, ILYAS, Tripoli
His Eminence, EUA, Hama
His Eminence, ELIAS, Tyre and Sidon
His Eminence, GEORGE, Horns
His Eminence, PAUL, Australia
His Eminence, DAMASKINOS, Brazil
His Eminence, ESPER, Houran
His Eminence, BASILIOS, Akkar
Okay, this is great, but what the heck does it mean? Why did Metropolitan PHILLIP underline "all bishops." What am I missing here.