Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow will not come to the Pan Orthodox Council
The truth about the Pan-Orthodox Council in 2019
The collection of primates of Christian Churches (hierarchs and leading experts in the field of dogma, norms of church law, liturgical theology, etc.) is called the Council in the Christian tradition. In the ancient Christian Church, the practice of convening Councils was common. Priests discussed important issues of dogma, as well as the practical side of the life of Christians.
In 2019, an important historical event will be held on the island of Crete - the convocation of the Pan-Orthodox Council, in which delegations from all independent (autocephalous) Orthodox Churches will take part. The convocation of this Cathedral began to actively prepare since 1961. Such a large collection of hierarchs of the Church will be the first in hundreds of years after the convening of the famous Ecumenical Councils.
As the date of the Council approaches (it will be held from June 18 to June 27, 2019), opponents of this action begin to appear among Christians. Some Christians actively condemn Russian hierarchs in participating in the congregation, calling the Pan-Orthodox Council "wolf."The hearts and minds of some Christians are disturbed by the prophecy that after the 8th Ecumenical Council, the Antichrist will come to the world and the end of the world will come near.
Some believers believe that decisions will be passed at the Pan-Orthodox Council in 2019 that discredit the sanctity of the Orthodox Church. These include: unity with the Catholics, abolition of posts, calendar reform, the introduction of a married episcopate, as well as the reprimand of the clergy. In this regard, dozens of letters and video addresses are sent to the Moscow Patriarchate, expressing concern about the coming meeting of the hierarchs of the entire Orthodox Church. The Russian hierarchy could not fail to respond to the accusations of retreat from the purity of Orthodoxy - a document was published on the website of the Moscow Patriarchate, explaining the entire list of issues submitted to the conciliar discussion.
First of all, it is worth noting that the Pan-Orthodox Council is not the 8th Ecumenical. Patriarch Kirill of Moscow clearly and directly testified to this. In addition, many saints and church writers called the Eighth Ecumenical Council the Council in Constantinople, held in 879-880.At this meeting, amendments were condemned to the Creed, which is now being proclaimed in all Orthodox churches / Councils of the mid-14th century, held in Constantinople, are of particular importance for the Church. They are known in history as the resolution of disputes about the “Favor of Light” (Palamite disputes) and about the knowability of God through His energies. Thus, it is not possible for the Pan-Orthodox Council of 2019 to be considered 8th Ecumenical.
At the end of January 2019, at the Assembly of the Primates of the Orthodox Churches, a decision was made to submit six questions to the Pan-Orthodox Council (they can be found literally on the website of the Moscow Patriarchate). At the same time, it has already been openly stated that no dogmatic questions of creed will be discussed in Crete, since it does not make sense to introduce innovations and any distortions in the field of Orthodox dogma.
The main purpose of the convocation of the Pan-Orthodox Council is the coordinated opinion of the Orthodox Church on the current problems of modern society, as well as some issues of norms of church law that have not received general recognition.
The list of documents preparing for consideration at the Pan-Orthodox Council in 2019 is as follows:
"The importance of fasting and its observance today". This document not only does not abolish posts, but, on the contrary, emphasizes the special significance and obligatory character of all four multi-day periods of abstinence. The posts Petrov, Uspensky, and Rozhdestvensky were not historically enshrined in Orthodox canons.
“Autonomy and method of its proclamation”. A very important practical question will be devoted to who has the right to proclaim the autonomy (independence) of the Church. The document expresses the opinion that each autocephalous Church itself has the right to give independence (autonomy) to any part of itself. Thus, the question of the optional proclamation of autonomy exclusively by the Patriarch of Constantinople will be considered.
"The sacrament of marriage and the obstacles to it". This document clearly indicates a ban on the re-marriage of the clergy, as well as on the marriage of monastics (to the question of the possibility of bishops entering into a marriage union).
- Another document that will be considered at the Pan-Orthodox Council is called upon to resolve the issue of canonicalposition of the Orthodox diaspora(believers, geographically dispersed outside of any Orthodox Church).The creation of Episcopal assemblies in various regions will be discussed in order to carry out normal canonical life and help believers.
“Mission of the Orthodox Church in the Modern World”- A document designed to express the attitude of Orthodoxy to contemporary problems of morality. In addition, it displays the spiritual causes of the crisis of the economy, as well as the social and political spheres of modern society.
"The relationship of the Orthodox Church with the rest of the Christian world."This document does not imply a change in the Creed. There will be no dogmatic Catholic language introduced into the Nicene-Tsaregrad Symbol. The document explains that the Orthodox Church should testify the truth of the dogma before the whole world, before all denominations. At the same time, the concepts of “equality of confessions” and “equal salvation” of such people cannot belong to non-Orthodox. The unity of Christians can be built only on the acceptance of the purity of the faith of the United Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, which the Orthodox Church is.
The issue of calendar reform will not be discussed at all at the Pan-Orthodox Council.
Of particular importance is the method of making a decision at the Council. It provides for the unanimous consent of all representatives of the autocephalous Churches ("the consent of the fathers"). Thus, the exclusive consent of all in this or that matter will be the main factor in the adoption of the resolution (as opposed to voting by majority). This is a clear example of the unity of the Orthodox Church.
Based on the above,Orthodox believers have absolutely no need to worry about the coming Cathedral. It is not heretical, it will not change and accept doctrinal truths that are alien to Orthodoxy, it will not follow liturgical unity with Catholics.Therefore, the hierarchy of the Russian Orthodox Church calls on some believers to abandon the attacks on the Pan-Orthodox Council and stop embarrass the minds of the faithful children of the Church of Christ. Orthodox people are encouraged to offer prayers to God for the worthy holding of the Holy and Great Cathedral on the island of Crete in 2019.
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