Historic Decision for the Church: Episcopal Assemblies

October 6, 2009

Fr. Thomas FitzGerald, Th.D., dean of  Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology wrote an article entitled: “Historic Decision for the Church: The Fourth Pre-Conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conference Approves New Episcopal Assembly for North America”.

He begins:

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has acted wisely and judiciously to strengthen the bond of unity and to deepen the spirit of conciliarity of the fourteen Autocephalous Churches. Not intruding upon the rightful responsibilities of other primates or the integrity of the other Autocephalous Churches, he has exercised his own responsibility as the first bishop of the Orthodox Church. While strengthening the bonds of unity, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has led the entire Orthodox Church in addressing common challenges and in giving a united witness to Christ and His Gospel.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew convened an historic meeting of the fourteen Orthodox Heads of Churches or their representatives at the Ecumenical Patriarchate on October 10-12, 2008. This event was a profound expression of the unity in diversity, primacy and conciliarity of the Orthodox Church. This was the fifth time that a Synaxis was held at the imitative of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Previous meetings were held in Constantinople in 1990, on Patmos in 1995, and in Jerusalem and Constantinople in 2000.

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