(AsiaNews) - Relations between the Greek Orthodox Patriarchates of Antioch and Jerusalem
are in a crisis after the latter appointed Archimandrite Makarios as the metropolitan
of Qatar, even though the Persian Gulf nation falls under the jurisdiction of the
Patriarchate of Antioch, and not that of Jerusalem.
Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Antioch that met in Balamand Convent
(Lebanon) last Wednesday reported the situation. In a press release, it slammed
the decision by its Jerusalem counterpart, saying that it would break ranks with
the Orthodox communion if the latter did not reverse its decision.
their statement, the Antioch Greek Orthodox prelates said that they informed
the Ecumenical Patriarchate and all the Autocephalous Churches about the Patriarchate
of Jerusalem's "decision, which violates all Church laws".
Synod noted that it learnt about the decision only "after insistent requests". In
fact, the Patriarchate of Jerusalem was informed both verbally and in writing
of Antioch's request.
John X (Yazigi), patriarch John X of Antioch and All the East,
said he would meet with his Jerusalem counterpart, Patriarch Theophilos III, to
discuss the matter.
its communiqué, the Antioch Patriarchate said, "Archimandrite Makarios was in
charge of pastoral activity on behalf of the Greek Orthodox Church in Doha for
residents of various nationalities, and we thank him for his work. However, his
assignment was temporary, and the patriarchate of Jerusalem does not have the
right to appoint him."
doing so, "the laws that regulate the relations between the various
patriarchates were violated. The Greek Orthodox Church already has a bishop in
the Persian Gulf, Metropolitan Constantine.
repeated pleas from the Patriarchate of Antioch, Makarios's ordination as
archimandrite went on any way on 10 March, the press release said.
view of the situation, Antioch will continue its efforts to resolve the
situation, hoping that it might not have to take extreme measures or revisit
the Geneva Accords that regulate relations among the various patriarchates in
the Orthodox Diaspora.