CWN - The Romanian Orthodox Church has taken a stand in favor of preserving unity among the world’s Orthodox churches in the wake of the Pan-Orthodox Council that was held in Crete in June.

The Pan-Orthodox Council was intended as an expression of unity in the Orthodox world, but because some of the autocephalous churches did not participate in the meeting in Crete, critics have argued that the statements approved at that meeting cannot be considered definitive. The Patriarchate of Moscow has downplayed the importance of the Crete meeting, while the Patriarchate of Constantinople has supported the authority of the meeting’s statements. That disagreement threatens to fuel the rivalry between Moscow and Constantinople.

The Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church, taking a stand that might serve as a compromise, said that the Crete meeting did not define any new doctrines or canonical norms for the Orthodox world. However, the Romanian Synod went on to say that the statement from Crete could be further developed by a future “Holy and Great Council”—provided that all of the Orthodox churches were included in the deliberations.

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Teachings of Christ

“Whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:33 ESV)

Theophany

When You were baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, * worship of the Trinity was revealed, * for the Father's voice bore witness to You, calling You His “beloved Son”, * and the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the certainty of these words. * O Christ God, * Who appeared and enlightened the world, glory to You! (Troparion, Tone 1)

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