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« on: December 09, 2009, 10:47:20 AM »

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The Holy Synod sent to Berlin, the seat of the Central and Western Europe Eparchy, the Bishop of Stara Zagora, Galaktion, as temporary replacement

Bulgarian Bishop Simeon is up in arms against the Holy Synod and vows to fight for the Eparchy of Central and Western Europe's post.

On December 1, the Holy Synod dismissed Simeon from the post citing ailing health and prolonged absences over travels to the US. The bishops say they do not want Simeon's chosen successor, his suffragan Tihon to replace him over a picture showing Tihon kissing the Pope's hand.

The Holy Synod sent to Berlin, the seat of the Central and Western Europe Eparchy, the Bishop of Stara Zagora, Galaktion, as temporary replacement just to become swamped by letters from Simeon and many Bulgarians abroad protesting the move. The Bulgarian expats do not want Galaktion over his alleged ties with the Communist State Security while Simeon threatens the Bulgarian Orthodox Church with a Strasbourg lawsuit and a “large uprising.”

For years the Bishop spends most of his time in the US, but says no one can replace him since he has a life-long tenure.

The Holy Synod counters they have adopted an emergency Synod order, based on the Bulgarian Orthodox Church's Code, they say, to hold elections for the post and insist Galaktion will temporarily run the Eparchy until the elections, which will take place in six months.

Bishop Simeon has further sent a protest letter to Bulgaria's Patriarch Maxim labeling the Synod's decision illegal.

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« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2009, 11:23:05 AM »

Yikes.  What a mess. "Simeon threatens the Bulgarian Orthodox Church with a Strasbourg lawsuit and a 'large uprising.'" Even if he was dismissed wrongfully, is this really the way to handle your protest?
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« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2009, 07:58:33 AM »

There are some mistakes:
Bishop Simeon and Bishop Galaktion should be Metropolitan Simeon and Metropolitan Galaktion, since all Diocesan Bishops are Metropolitans in the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. Bishop Tikhon is titular Bishop of Tiberiopol and is not suffragan, but auxiliary bishop in the Diocese of Western and Central Europe, since his ordination in 2003. I think it is more proper to say temporary administrator or just administrator than temporary replacement.

According to the Constitution of the BOC if a Diocesan Bishop has not been living predominantly in his diocese for a period of two years, the Holy Synod may suspend him as Diocesan Bishop.

Metropolitan Simeon has been living in Phoenix, Arizona, USA most of the time for the past several years, due to his health problems. In the summer of 2005 he submitted his resignation letter to the Holy Synod due to his age and health problems, but later he took it back. In this summer, he asked the Holy Synod to assign Bishop Tikhon as administrator of the Diocese of Western and Central Europe.

On its meeting on 1 December 2009, the Holy Synod decided to suspend Metropolitan Simeon from his duties as Diocesan Bishop of Western and Central Europe and Bishop Tikhon as administrator. Metropolitan Galaktion of Stara Zagora was assigned as administrator of the Diocese with six-month term to organize the election of a new Metropolitan. On its meeting on 2 December 2009, the Holy Synod decided to assign Bishop Tikhon as rector of the Patriarchal Cathedral of Saint Alexander Nevsky in Sofia.

Metropolitan Simeon stated in a letter to the Patriarch that he does not accept the decisions of the Synod, because they are uncanonical and illegal and is ready to defend his rights in the court in Strasbourg. The majority of the Bulgarian parishes in Western and Central Europe supports Metropolitan Simeon. Bishop Tikhon has said in an interview that he would accept every decision of the Holy Synod and also added that according to him the parishes would not accept Metropolitan Galaktion. Metropolitan Nathaniel of Nevrokop expressed his negative opinion to these decisions and dissociated himself from them.

On its meeting on 8 December 2009, the Holy Synod confirmed the decisions from 1 December.
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« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2009, 01:39:04 PM »

Metropolitan Simeon vs. Holy Syond of BOC in Strasbourg? Father Vasily would said it's outrage.
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