Decision of the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
Confidential. Not for Publication. For circulation. September 13/26, 1974, No. 889
Regarding the Behavior of an Orthodox Priest towards Heterodox
The Orthodox Priest and Heterodox
At the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia of September 13th/26th 1974, the following decision was enacted: To task the Synod of Bishops to send out for guidance the direction contained in the decisions of the Council made on October 13/26, 1953.
The decisions from the above-mentioned date in 1953:
It was decided: To issue the following direction to clergy, which are necessary for their guidance, but not to publish it.
Metropolitan Philaret, Chairman of the Synod of Bishops; Bishop Laurus, Secretary
Translation by Subdeacon Andrey Anishchenko for Course 104: The Orthodox Church in the 20th and 21st Centuries, The Pastoral School of Chicago and Mid-America of The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, April 12, 2013
(Zakonodatel’stvo Russkoi Pravoslavnoi Tserkvi Zagranitsei, 1921-2007, Dmitry P. Anashkin, ed. Moscow, St. Tikhon’s University for the Humanities, 2013, 187-188 )