ORTHODOX CHURCH OF CYPRUS HAS PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE TEXT “RELATIONS OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH WITH THE REST OF THE CHRISTIAN WORLD”

agionoros.ru– June 2016

The Orthodox Church of Cyprus has distributed an official statement reflecting its position on the eve of the Pan-Orthodox Council. Its main provisions are as follows:

– The Church of Cyprus considers the Orthodox Church the “one, holy, catholic, and Apostolic Church, which has preserved inviolate the unity of the faith once delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3).

– The Church of Cyprus believes it necessary to develop relations with the heterodox Churches and confessions, “with the purpose of promoting the unity of Christians in the context of the one undivided Church.”

– They propose amendments to the text “Relations of the Orthodox Church with the rest of the Christian World:”

1. To replace the definition of “other Christian Churches and Confessions” with the phrase “other heterodox Christian Churches and Confessions”

2. In paragraph 13, instead of “ontological unity” use the phrase “unity of faith, mysteries and canonical order.”

3. At the end of paragraph 22 add “as every Bishop, as a participant of the Council, is the bearer of consciousness of the flock of his local Church.”

4. The text in paragraph 23: “In the same understanding, the Orthodox Church considers it important that we all, Christians, inspired by the common fundamental principles of our faith, make efforts to willingly give a unified response to those difficult problems which stand before our modern world” should be replaced with “In the same understanding, the Orthodox Church considers it important that we all, Christians, inspired by the common fundamental principles of the Gospel, make efforts to willingly give a unified response to the difficult problems which stand before our modern world.”

 Translated by Jesse Dominick

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