Election of Bulgarian Patriarch Candidates Reaches Stalemate

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mike:
Quote from: http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=147890

The election of Bulgaria's new Orthodox patriarch reached a stalemate on Saturday, with the Holy Synod reportedly being unable to pick two of the three candidates for the job.

On Friday, Stara Zagora bishop Galaktion became the first candidate named by the Holy Synod. He is still the only patriarch hopeful to have gathered 10 Holy Synod votes, a necessary requirement for reaching the final stage of the election.

ag_vn:
The three nominated candidates are:
1. Metropolitan Galaction of Stara Zagora
2. Metropolitan Neophyte of Rousse
3. Metropolitan Gabriel of Lovech

The first one is extremely controversial and is definetely considered anaxios by the society, the second one is a compromise candidate, the third one is considered the only worthy member of the Synod by the Bulgarian society.

The election and immediate enthronement of the Bulgarian Patriarch is scheduled for the next Sunday, February 24.

Shlomlokh:
Quote from: ag_vn on February 16, 2013, 12:21:35 PM

The three nominated candidates are:
1. Metropolitan Galaction of Stara Zagora
2. Metropolitan Neophyte of Rousse
3. Metropolitan Gabriel of Lovech

The first one is extremely controversial and is definetely considered anaxios by the society, the second one is a compromise candidate, the third one is considered the only worthy member of the Synod by the Bulgarian society.

The election and immediate enthronement of the Bulgarian Patriarch is scheduled for the next Sunday, February 24.

We were hoping Met. Joseph would be picked. :P What makes Metropolitan Gabriel considered the only worthy candidate? I know nothing of the Church in Bulgaria and have very limited experience with it in America.

In Christ,
Andrew

mike:
Axios Patriarch Gabriel?

ag_vn:
Quote from: Shlomlokh on February 16, 2013, 01:55:47 PM

Quote from: ag_vn on February 16, 2013, 12:21:35 PM

The three nominated candidates are:
1. Metropolitan Galaction of Stara Zagora
2. Metropolitan Neophyte of Rousse
3. Metropolitan Gabriel of Lovech

The first one is extremely controversial and is definitely considered anxious by the society, the second one is a compromise candidate, the third one is considered the only worthy member of the Synod by the Bulgarian society.

The election and immediate enthronement of the Bulgarian Patriarch is scheduled for the next Sunday, February 24.

We were hoping Met. Joseph would be picked. :P What makes Metropolitan Gabriel considered the only worthy candidate? I know nothing of the Church in Bulgaria and have very limited experience with it in America.

In Christ,
Andrew


Met. Joseph stated he didn't want to be Patriarch because of his past. Met. Gabriel (or Gavriil in Bulgarian) is the favorite of the society (of course it doesn't mean that he will be elected next Sunday), because he is one of the only two Metropolitans, who was not an agent of the communist State Security, he is not controversial and scandalous (like some of the other Metropolitans, you know - expensive cars, expensive watches, luxurious life, rumours about nontraditional sexual orientation and activities, relations with some infamous businessmen, masons, etc.), he seems to be pretty ordinary.

Although people generally prefer a Patriarch who was not an agent, Met. Neophyte is thought to be an acceptable and compromise candidate.



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