NEW YORK: September 6, 2006
The Synod of Bishops Makes a Decision on the “Act on Canonical Communion”
The Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, at its regular session on August 24/September 6, 2006, considered:
The report of the Secretary of the Commission on discussions with the Moscow Patriarchate, Protopriest Alexander Lebedeff, on the results of the seventh joint meeting of the Commissions held in late June of this year.
After an exhaustive discussion of the matter, decreed:
- To take into consideration the report of Protopriest Alexander Lebedeff.
- On the basis of the decision of the Council of Bishops of May 15-19, 2006, to confirm and approve the “Act on Canonical Communion” in its revised form as prepared by the church Commissions at the seventh joint meeting, along with other materials developed by the Commissions.
- In accordance with the directions of the Council of Bishops of 2006, to instruct the Commission on discussions with the Moscow Patriarchate, jointly with the Commission on dialog with the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, to work out the details of the ceremony of the signing of the “Act” and the Rite of establishment of canonical communion of both parts of the Russian Orthodox Church.
- Also, in accordance with the decision of the Council of Bishops, to authorize Archbishop Mark of Berlin and Germany, Chairman of the Commission on discussions with the Moscow Patriarchate, to coordinate together with Archbishop Innokenty of Korsun the simultaneous publication of the “Act” which has been confirmed by both Holy Synods on the official websites of the two parts of the Russian Orthodox Church.
- To consider at the next expanded session of the Synod of Bishops, to be scheduled at the time of the feast day of the Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God this year, on the proposals prepared by the joint Commissions at their next meeting.
- To inform the flock through a special Address on the present state of the negotiation process and the proposed plans for the future.
Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York,
First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
+ Mark, Archbishop of Berlin and Germany
+ Kyrill, Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America
+ Michael, Bishop of Geneva and Western Europe
+ Peter, Bishop of Cleveland