Antiochian Church breaks communion with the Jerusalem Patriarchate
June 29, 2015
In ended June 26, 2015 in Balamand Monastery in Lebanon under the chairmanship of the Patriarch John X session of the Synod of the Antiochian Orthodox Church adopted a special statement on the jurisdictional conflict between Antioch and the Patriarchate of Jerusalem in Qatar. The statement was published in Arabic, Greek and French on the website orthodoxie.com .
The statement noted that violations of the Jerusalem Patriarchate canonical geographical boundaries of the Patriarchate of Antioch took place in connection with the creation of the Diocese of the Orthodox Church of Jerusalem in Qatar and her appointment to the archbishop.
"Antioch Church tried to find a solution for peace, based on cooperation and coordination between the Orthodox sister Churches," - said in a statement that emphasizes the commitment of the Patriarchate of Antioch "dodge to undermine the unity of Orthodoxy."
At the same time the declaration indicates that the Antiochian Church used to date all possible means to reach a compromise, "including the mediation undertaken by the Patriarchate of Constantinople and the other sister Churches, as well as the Greek government", but it has not led to the decision problem.
The statement stated that "the Patriarchate of Jerusalem recently tears agreement concluded in the presence of representatives of the Patriarchate of Constantinople and the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the promises given to the Primates of the sister Churches, which has offered to mediate." Patriarchate of Jerusalem continues to qualify regions, who are in the canonical jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Antioch, and rejects any attempt to overcome differences, sums up the Synod of the Antiochian Orthodox Church.
"All initiatives to resolve the deadlocked," - said in a statement. At the same time, everyone who has made this initiative, recognized the indisputable right of the Patriarchate of Antioch jurisdiction over Arabia, and including - all the countries of the Persian Gulf, said the hierarchs of the Orthodox Church of Antioch.
In connection with the foregoing, the Holy Synod of the Antiochian Orthodox Church took the following decisions:
1) To break communion with the Patriarchate of Jerusalem.
2) Recognize that any decision should be based on the differences agreement concluded in Athens in June 2013
3) Antioch Church insists on the principle of unanimity on all pan-Orthodox meeting in addressing the presence of the sister Churches on the canonical territory of the other jurisdiction.
4) The provisions of this resolution shall come into force immediately, after which it becomes impossible for all the clergy of the Church of Antioch to participate in any worship service, held under the chairmanship of the clergy of the Jerusalem Patriarchate or with their participation.