Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Patriarch of Constantinople calls prelates to prepare for Pan-Orthodox Synod

Catholic World News - January 07, 2014

Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople has called together the patriarchs and metropolitans of the Orthodox world to prepare for a Pan-Orthodox Synod in 2015.

The Ecumenical Patriarch, the acknowledged “first among equals” of the world’s Orthodox prelates, is asking all Orthodox leaders to gather in Istanbul in March to plan for next year’s Synod. The Pan-Orthodox Synod is seen as a major effort to bring unity to the Orthodox world, providing for cooperation among national churches.

However, plans for the Synod have encountered resistance from the Russian Orthodox Church, the world’s largest Orthodox body. The Moscow patriarchate has resisted Constantinople, and rejected the notion that the Ecumenical Patriarch enjoys a sort of primacy in the Orthodox world.

In a related development, the Patriarchate of Constantinople has released a statement criticizing the Russian Orthodox leadership for its stance on primacy. The Moscow patriarchate “is merely formulating a sophistry” in its argument against accepting the primacy of Constantinople, the statement argues.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our April expenses ($19,134 to go):
$35,000.00 $15,866.48
55% 45%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Smaller Church, Bigger Faith, 3: Ecclesiastical Discipline April 17
The Holy Spirit and Evangelization: A Primer April 16
Journey to the Sun: A Strange Biography of Junípero Serra April 16
Russia's demographic recovery + US demographic decline = danger April 16
James Carroll strikes (at the Church) again April 16

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days