Sunday, July 19, 2009

The Bulgarian Orthodox Church says "No" to endless dilaogue

Sofia, Bulgaria - According to the correspondent of the Ecclesiastic News Agency "Romfea" in Sofia, the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Bulgaria decided to not send envoys to the Meeting of the Combined International Theological Committee for the Dialogue between the Roman Catholic and the Orthodox Church, which is to be held in Cyprus between the 16th and the 23rd of October 2009.

Specifically, the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Bulgaria examined the letter-invitation sent by the organizers of the Meeting, and after discussions, decided that representatives of the Bulgarian Church should not participate.

The participation of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church in this dialogue was characterized as inappropriate by the Holy Synod, who, after carefully analyzing similar meetings and conferences which had taken place in the past, reached the conclusion that such theological dialogues between Orthodox and Catholics had not led to even the slightest settlement between Roman Catholic and Orthodox Dogmatics.

The Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Church did express its willingness to discuss other social and humanitarian issues in the future, during such meetings.

It should be noted that similar meetings of the Committee and its sub-committees have taken place in Belgrade, Ravenna, Rome and Ayios Nikolaos in Crete.

Finally, it should also be noted that the last meeting took place on the 27th of September to the 4th of October 2008 in Ayios Nikolaos of Crete, on the subject of "the role of the bishop of Rome in the community of the Church during the 1st Millennium".
Hat tip to Carlos Antonio Palad

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Perhaps they haven't read closely the joint statements.

After all, the dialogue is really less than thirty years old.

It's already produced changes but those changes are more in the realm of acknowledging the scholarship in Old/New Testament studies, patristics, ecclesiology, sacraments etc;, in other words, removing the cliched polemical misunderstandings that blocked any genuine dialogue from occuring.

I think the "No" is based more on the fear that something more concrete is close to occuring than a diappointment that no agreements have been made so far.