The Romanian Orthodox Church will Send a Delegation to Jordan

From the decisions of the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church on February 13, 2020. This translation is informal and unofficial.

The Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church reiterated its decision no. 3668, resumed in decisions no. 9156/2018 and no. 180/2019, namely that the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Patriarchate of Moscow resume dialogue in order to arrive as soon as possible at a solution to the problem of the autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, so as not to deepen the polarization between the two sides: one of pro-Constantinople Orthodox Churches and another of pro-Moscow Orthodox Churches.

Likewise, the Holy Synod stated that it agrees with granting autocephaly to the entire Orthodox Church of Ukraine (not to only one part), however this can only be realized through agreement between Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Patriarchate of Moscow and Pan-Orthodox consensus.

And, so that the meeting in Amman at the initiative of the Patriarch of Jerusalem will not be interpreted as a Synaxis of the primates of the Orthodox Churches, at the respective fraternal meeting where ways of reconciling and reestablishing eucharistic communion between certain sister autocephalous Orthodox Churches will be discussed, the Holy Synod has decided that the Romanian Orthodox Church should not be represented by the Patriarch of Romania, but rather by a delegation of the Romanian Patriarchate.

This participation of the Romanian Orthodox Church in the fraternal meeting in Amman is motivated by the fact that all autocephalous Orthodox Churches have the responsibility to work together for maintaining, defending and promoting Orthodox dogmatic, canonical and eucharistic unity according to the Gospel and the holy Orthodox canons.

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