15 June 2009, 13:32"Anti-monopoly" proposals of the Moscow Patriarchate are taken into
account in Chambesy
Moscow, June 15, Interfax - The Fourth Pan-Orthodox Pre-Council
Conference in Chambesy (Switzerland) has agreed in its final decision
to the need of equal management of the Orthodox Diaspora which was
highlighted by the representatives of the Moscow Patriarchate before
The Conference decided to create new bishop assemblies within the
regions of Diaspora (Orthodox communities living outside of the area
of local Orthodox churches) to include all canonical Orthodox bishops
governing the communities of such regions.
"The decisions by such bishop assemblies will be made in conformance
with the consensus of the Churches represented therein. The powers of
Episcopal assemblies neither allow the interference into the
eparchial jurisdiction of each bishop, nor limit the rights of his
Church," the official website of the Moscow Patriarchate reports of
the decisions of the Pan-Orthodox Pre-Council Conference.
Before the Conference meetings, the Moscow Patriarchate Diocese of
Korsun and Movement for Local Orthodoxy in Western Europe (OLTR)
expressed their concern with the work of the Assembly of Orthodox
Bishops in France (AEOF) officially headed by the Metropolitan of the
According to the Korsun Diocese and OLTR, the work of AEOF
"inevitably raises tension and discontent", as its head is "more
concerned with interests of the Church which he represents".
Therefore, his election "by the total assembly of AEOF bishops would
provide him more legitimacy."