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Romanian Episcopates Discuss Solutions to Division

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Written by Basil on 09/12/2005 9:26 PM. Filed under:

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Discussions held at Romanian Episcopate Headquarters (Orthodox Church in America News)

I am always interested in discussions to resolve the problems and divisions wrought in American Orthodoxy by the Bolsheviks and their Godless Revolution half a world away. The two Romanian eparchies (the Romanian Episcopate of the Orthodox Church in America and the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese of America and Canada — “autonomous” but still jurisdictionally under the Synod of the Church of Romania) have been divided for over fifty years; over the last decade, they have conducted a dialogue with the hopes of reuniting the two. A recent joint communique indicates with joy and hope that they may be in the home stretch. (The Archdiocese has a Romanian language version of the “comunicat.”) The OCA News article linked above describes the constitution of the delegation from the Orthodox Church in America: members of the Romanian Episcopate, along with representatives of the holy Synod: his grace Bishop Seraphim of Ottawa and Canada, Protopresbyter Robert Kondratick, Chancellor, Archpriest Leonid Kishkovsky, Assistant to the Chancellor for External Affairs and Interchurch Relations, and Archpriest David Brum, Secretary to the Metropolitan.

So, to help clarify for those of you playing at home, apparently we have three parties here: the representation from the Romanian Archdiocese, the representation from the ROEA, and the representation from the holy Synod of the OCA. OOOH! I am getting chills just thinking about the work God could be doing. Keep your crosses fingered and your vigil lamps burning. We’ll keep you posted.

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3 Responses to “Romanian Episcopates Discuss Solutions to Division”

  1. Bryan_Peter Says:

    May God grant!

    Lord, have mercy…

  2. Erich Says:

    Every step counts, and these have been a long time coming!

  3. Nektarios Says:

    I have many Romanian friends and didn’t even realize there was a divide!