- Jan 24, 2020
As a “Holy and Great Council” of the Orthodox churches gets underway in Crete, tensions between Moscow and Constantinople, and between liberals and conservatives, have marred the event, with four churches scheduled to attend pulling out at the last minute while others forge ahead.
Despite calls for Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople to postpone an historic Orthodox “Holy and Great Council,” a spokesman says he can’t because the decision to hold the summit in Crete beginning June 16 was endorsed by all Orthodox leaders, and Russia’s pullout doesn’t make the council any less “valid and binding.”
Catholics may be tempted to see June’s “Holy and Great Council” of the Orthodox churches as having nothing to do with them, but that’s a serious mistake. Catholics have an investment in whether the Orthodox get their act together for theological, pastoral, and political reasons.
A spokesperson for the Bulgarian Orthodox Church says its decision not to participate in the “Great and Holy Council,” designed to bring together the heads of all 14 independent Orthodox churches in Crete later this month, is final. Organizers say the summit is going ahead anyway, and Pope Francis is sending a Vatican delegation to observe.
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