Polish Orthodox Bishops Excluded from the Episcopal Assembly

April 14, 2010

According to the report published on the official website of the Patriarchate of Antioch, archbishop Chrisostomos and bishop Ambrose of the Brazilian diocese of the Polish Autocephalous Orthodox Church were not invited to the Episcopal Assembly of Orthodox Bishops of Latin America which will take place next Sunday in an Antiochian cathedral in São Paulo. Archbishop Chrisostomos and bishop Ambrose are the only Orthodox bishops in the region, who won’t be present at the meeting.

The Episcopal Assemblies of Orthodox Bishops are supposed to coordinate the activities of all Orthodox jurisdictions in respective regions, and they are organized by the senior hierarch of the Church of Constantinople in the region, in this case, metropolitan Athenagoras of Mexico.

Fr. Andrzej Kuzma, who was one of the representatives of the PAOC at the conference in Chambesy in June 2009, which aimed to increase the number of Episcopal congregations in the world, said that “the hierarchs of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in its own way in interpreting the 28th canon of the Council of Chalcedon have difficulty in recognizing the canonicity of our diocese in Brazil.” Fr. Kuzma added that PAOC will seek to regulate this issue.

Source: http://www.cerkiew.pl/index.php?id=968&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=12992&tx_ttnews[backPi\d]=419&cHash=d358668871

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