EDITOR’S NOTE: Just a few minutes ago it was announced that an extraordinary Eparchial Synod had decided to reject Karloutsos’ proposal for early retirement of the Metropolitans. It was a complete rejection of the hypocrite Karloutsos… (BELOW THE TEXT OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT –  To be updated…)

Communique of the Holy Eparchial Synod

July 8, 2020

The Holy Eparchial Synod met today in an extraordinary video conference at the invitation of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros with an exclusive objective to discuss the recent public debate on an official proposal to change the pension program of the Hierarchs.

Following a discussion, it is stated that in accordance with the Sacred Canons of the Orthodox Church, there is no age limit for the exercise of the duties of Hierarchs. The retirement from active ministry (or not) of an individual Hierarch is entrusted exclusively to the individual choice and sole judgment of said Hierarch. Furthermore, it is noted that within the Ecumenical Patriarchate, no such age limits are applied.

In conclusion, the Holy Eparchial Synod rejects the current proposal in the form of the draft resolution for the upcoming Clergy-Laity Congress of 2020, inasmuch as such a proposal is beyond the capacity of the Clergy-Laity Congress, which is unable to decide in matters dogmatic and canonical.

The Hierarchs of the Holy Archdiocese minister to the People of God in the spirit of self-sacrifice, love and devotion, dedicating their whole life in service to the Church.

From the Chief Secretariat of the Holy Eparchial Synod

Ανακοινωθέν της Ιεράς Επαρχιακής Συνόδου

8 Ιουλίου 2020

Ἡ Ἱερὰ Ἐπαρχιακὴ Σύνοδος συνῆλθε σήμερον εἰς ἔκτακτον τηλεδιάσκεψιν κατόπιν προσκλήσεως τοῦ Σεβ. Ἀρχιεπισκόπου κ. Ἐλπιδοφόρου μὲ ἀποκλειστικὸν ἀντικείμενον τὴν προκληθεῖσαν προσφάτως δημοσίαν συζήτησιν ἐκ τῆς γενομένης ἐπισήμου προτάσεως πρὸς τροποποίησιν τοῦ συνταξιοδοτικοῦ προγράμματος τῶν ἀρχιερέων.

Κατόπιν γενομένης συζητήσεως, δηλοῦται ὅτι συμφώνως πρὸς τοὺ Ἱεροὺς Κανόνας τῆς Ὀρθοδόξου Ἐκκλησίας δὲν ὑφίσταται ὅριον ἡλικίας εἰς τὴν ἄσκησιν τῶν καθηκόντων τῶν ἱεραρχῶν. Ἡ παραίτησις ἢ μὴ ἱεράρχου τινὸς ἐκ τῆς ἐνεργοῦ ὑπηρεσίας ἐπαφίεται ἀποκλειστικῶς εἰς τὴν προσωπικὴν ἐπιλογὴν καὶ κρίσιν ἑκάστου ἀρχιερέως. Περαιτέρω, σημειοῦται ὅτι ἐντὸς τοῦ κλίματος τοῦ Οἰκουμενικοῦ Πατριαρχείου οὐδαμοῦ ἐφαρμόζεται τὸ μέτρον τοῦτο τοῦ ὁρίου ἡλικίας.

Συμπερασματικῶς, ἡ Ἱερὰ Ἐπαρχιακὴ Σύνοδος ἀπορρίπτει τὴν γενομένην πρότασιν ὑπὸ τὴν μορφὴν σχεδίου ἀποφάσεως τῆς προσεχοῦς Κληρικολαϊκῆς Συνελεύσεως τοῦ τρέχοντος ἔτους 2020, διὰ τὸν ἐπιπλέον λόγον ὅτι τοιαῦται ἀποφάσεις ἐκφεύγουν τῆς ἁρμοδιότητος οἱασδήτινος Κληρικολαϊκῆς Συνελεύσεως, μὴ δυναμένης νὰ ἀποφαίνεται ἐπὶ δογματικῶν καὶ κανονικῶν ζητημάτων. 

Οἱ ἱεράρχαι τῆς Ἱερᾶς Ἀρχιεπισκοπῆς διακονοῦν τὸν λαὸν τοῦ Θεοῦ μὲ πνεῦμα αὐτοθυσίας, ἀγάπης καὶ ἀφοσιώσεως, ἀφιερώνοντας ὅλην τους τὴν ζωὴν εἰς τὴν ὑπηρεσίαν τῆς Ἐκκλησίας.


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