Bulgarian Holy Synod 'Extends Hand' to 'Rebel' Bishops

Society | November 17, 2012, Saturday // 12:40| Views: | Comments: 3
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Bulgarian Holy Synod 'Extends Hand' to 'Rebel' Bishops: Bulgarian Holy Synod 'Extends Hand' to 'Rebel' Bishops Vratsa Metropolitan Kalinik asked to not be considered for becoming the next patriarch of Bulgaria. Photo by BGNES

The Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church has decided to send letters to three metropolitan bishops to urge them to attend all its "winter" sittings, which will conclude on December 19.

The decision, made Friday, was to send the invitations to Veliko Tarnovo Metropolitan, Grigoriy, Pleven Metropolitan Ignatiy, and Plovdiv Metropolitan, Nikolay.

The announcement has been posted on the official site of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.

The sittings have been scheduled for November 26 – 29, December 10 – 14, and December 18 – 19.

The three missed the November 14 meeting of the Synod, along with Vratsa Metropolitan Kalinik, the Metropolitan of America, Canada and Australia, Yosif, and the Western European Metropolitan, Simeon.

The Synod reminds the absentees that Article 54 from its Code mandates the bishops to attend the sittings except in cases of excusable emergencies.

Kalinik and Ignatiy have submitted doctor's notes for illness and for this reason will not receive a letter. Ignatiy has notified the Synod he was to join them by the end of November. Yosif has informed he would be in Bulgaria on November 19 to attend the sitting, but Simeon declined citing health issues.

On November 10, Varna Metropolitan Kiril received support from 7 of the 12 attending metropolitans in a secret vote, making him the interim head of the Church. He is now also serving as interim Sofia metropolitan bishop.

On Wednesday November 14, the Holy Synod confirmed at a sitting the legitimacy of Kiril's election.

On Tuesday, Veliko Tarnovo Bishop Grigoriy withdrew his signatures from the protocol of the Saturday sitting of the Holy Synod which elected Kiril as interim Patriarch.

Plovdiv Bishop Nikolay also voiced his objections to the appointment.

The Bishops stressed after the Wednesday sitting that the Code of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, the Bulgarian and the international legal systems did not include a possibility of someone withdrawing their signatures, labeling it "legal absurd."

The Holy Synod further announced the November 10 sitting has been legal since it had a quorum and no one voiced strong disagreement with Kiril's choice. The Synod underscored the secret vote allowed those voting to exercise their true will.

The eight Bishops, who signed the Wednesday statement, also say they would not allow anyone to pressure them.

The document was not signed by Nikolay, Grigoriy, Yosif, Simeon, Ignatiy, and Kalinik.

Bulgaria's Patriarch Maxim, who led the Church since 1971, passed away last week at the age of 98.

Meanwhile, the Bulgarian National Radio, BNR, reported that Kalinik has sent a note acknowledging the legitimacy of Kiril, and has asked to not be considered for becoming the next patriarch of Bulgaria. Yosif and Simeon have also recognized Kiril in letters they sent to the Synod, thus leaving only Nikolay, Grigoriy and Ignatiy in opposition.

When asked to comment when the new patriarch will be elected, the Varna metropolitan said it could be as early as December or January, but stressed preparations for it involve a long process.

The deadline for the election, which can be held only on Sunday, is March 6, 2013.

During 2011 and early 2012, Varna and Veliki Preslav bishop Kiril raised controversy after being spotted riding a top modern Lincoln MKZ Hybrid car.

In mid-January, Bulgaria's so-called Files Commission – a panel investigating the Communist era secret files, exposed eleven out of a total of fifteen Bulgarian Metropolitan bishops as former DS agents.

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Jerry - 18 Nov 2012 // 14:49:16

Time has come to address the issues of the Bulgarian People and its Brothers.

We observe with horror how swiftly the vision of morality and bad habits is obscured and the capacity to judge is lost.

The worst problem that have aroused disgust is regarded as "Natural".

Look closely what is happening in the bombing in Jerusalem, Gaza - Sinai where our Orthodox Institutions are in "Harms Way".

Sempre Fidelis

Seedy - 17 Nov 2012 // 20:06:10

"Bulgarian Holy Synod 'Extends Hand' to 'Rebel' Bishops"?

I'd just extend a finger to the whole bunch of them.....

Jerry - 17 Nov 2012 // 19:40:25

Time has come to unify our Church and Synod with Harmony and Love from our Creator that our forefathers have taught us.

We must seek Harmony from our Metropolitans in the United States, Europe, Asia and Canada.

Metropolitan Simeon due to his true experience factor in lay is our Patriarch who enfronts the needs of our culture, tradition and love for Bulgaria that flows in our blood in silience.

Our Synod has proven that Jesus true path was not to choose the Pharisees or Scribes or Kings but the simple and natural people without delusions.

Let us listen to Metropolitan Simeon.

Sempre Fidelis

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