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« on: February 01, 2005, 09:41:29 AM »

RIAN: Russian Church Has Chance to Reunite
in 12-18 Months

Symbolically, preserved in the cathedral are the relics of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco. Ioann Maximovich by secular name, the now canonized priest of profound wisdom is specially venerated by the Russian community abroad. In his lifetime, Father John insisted on the two parts of the Russian Church to reunite as soon as the aggressive godless regime fell in Russia.


MOSCOW, January 31 (RIA Novosti's Olga Lipich) - The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, or ROCOR, and the Russian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate may regain their unity in a matter of twelve to eighteen months. Achievements of a ROCOR Bishops' Synod, which gathered in New York City last week, allow to expect this long-awaited reunion.

The Synod determined to convene a 4th ROCOR Ecumenical Council within next year's first half, to represent the clergy and the laity, the ROCOR reports on its official web site. The Cathedral of Our Lady the Joy of All Afflicted, in San Francisco, Calif., will host the council.

(Communique on the ROCOR Synod meeting, Jan 28: http://www.russianorthodoxchurch.ws/01newstucture/pagesen/news05/synodmeeting.html)

Symbolically, preserved in the cathedral are the relics of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco. Ioann Maximovich by secular name, the now canonized priest of profound wisdom is specially venerated by the Russian community abroad. In his lifetime, Father John insisted on the two parts of the Russian Church to reunite as soon as the aggressive godless regime fell in Russia.

The upcoming Ecumenical Council will be a public ecclesiastical forum, say ROCOR spokesmen. The agenda will certainly include reunion prospects. The ROCOR Bishops' Synod will be able to make a canonical decision to merge with the Russian Orthodox Church after the council.

The Moscow Patriarchate met ROCOR synodal resolutions with profound satisfaction.

"Our identical ad hoc commissions will carry on their work on schedule," with the nearest joint session due next spring, says Archpriest Nikolai Balashov, Secretary for Contacts of Orthodox Churches on the Moscow Patriarchate Department of External Church Relations.

As the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian Church Outside Russia were establishing their commissions for a rapprochement, they determined not to publish documentary achievements of their team efforts unless both Parties agreed on such publications, added the Secretary. The Russian Orthodox Church has not tackled the matter to this day as ROCOR has not come up with a respective request. "Now, it has addressed us on the issue," said our informant.

Basic matters on which the two commissions are elaborating joint stances were determined as early as May 2004, when Metropolitan Laurus, Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, was visiting Moscow.

"These are Church-State relations, stances on non-Orthodox Christian denominations and interdenominational Christian organizations, the canonical status of ROCOR within a reunited Russian Local Orthodox Church, and canonical terms of Church unity reinstated," says Father Nikolai Balashov.

The Russian Orthodox Church split early in the 20th century as the result of the Bolshevik Revolution and the Civil War in Russia.
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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2005, 01:59:42 PM »

Yay! Let's hope it happens that quickly!
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« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2005, 12:32:02 AM »

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In his lifetime, Father John insisted on the two parts of the Russian Church to reunite as soon as the aggressive godless regime fell in Russia.

The wisdom of a saint!  Smiley

I know that some are looking forward to reunion of the Churches and that some are hopng nothing comes of these talks of reunion, but regardless of this we should be remembering both Churches in our prayers.

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« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2005, 03:45:03 PM »

Prayers that this quarrel will finally end.
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« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2005, 08:38:31 AM »

Ditto

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