True Orthodoxy in Russia

Autumn Session of the Council of Bishops of the centralized religious organization of the True Orthodox Church

(Hereinafter – the True Orthodox Church)

10-11/23 – September 24, 2012.

Location:

St. John the Baptist Women’s Monastery in the village stauropegic Denezhnikovo, Ramenskoye district, Moscow region.

 Council chaired by the Primate of the centralized religious organization, the True Orthodox Church Metropolitan Rafail (Motovilov).

Present were:

Metropolitan Stefan (Linitsky)

Metropolitan Andrey (Tregub)

Metropolitan Eugene (Starostin)

Metropolitan Tikhon (Kiselev)

Metropolitan Daniel (Mogutnov)

Metropolitan Mark (Warriors)

Metropolitan Alexei (Gomez Barbosa)

Archbishop Rostislav (Melnikov)

Archbishop Basil (Sigalov)

Archbishop Andrew (Davidov)

Archbishop John (Abramenko)

Archbishop Nicodemus (Steshenko)

Bishop Ioanniky (Shendrik)

Bishop Vitaly (Humeniuk)

Bishop Vsevolod (Protopopov)

Bishop Alexander (Egorov)

 

Absent:

Archbishop Alexy (Boyko)

Archbishop Theodosius (Reyes Valderrama)

Bishop Savva (Torres Vazquez)

Bishop James (da Silva Carvalho)

Bishop Onuphrius (Popov)

 

Invited:

Abbess John (Grizzly)

 

 

A quorum for taking decisions.

 

 

Chairman of the meeting – the Primate of the True Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Rafail (Motovilov).

Secretary of the meeting – the Metropolitan of Volokolamsk and Kolomna Daniel (Mogutnov).

 

Council of Bishops of the True Orthodox Church began on 10/23 September at 16:00 with the prayer, “O Heavenly King …”.

AGENDA.

 

1.       the deeds of the CPI for 2012. and the objectives and challenges of the Church in the coming year.

2.       On the results of the holiday “Day of Unity of the True Orthodox Church.”

3.       Changes and additions to the new Charter EDC CPI.

4.       on the state of the Kuban-Don diocese CPI.

5.       On the state of affairs in the CPI dioceses in Latin America.

6.       On the Synodal Department of the True Orthodox Church.

7.       Organizational matters.

8.       Miscellaneous.

FIRST MEETING

CONSIDERED:

The deeds of the CPI for 2012. and the objectives and challenges of the Church in the coming year.

 

 HEARD:

Primate of the True Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Rafail (Motovilova)

 

SPEAKERS:

Metropolitan Andrey (Tregub)

Metropolitan Eugene (Starostin)

Archbishop Andrew (David)

Archbishop John (Abramenko)

 

RESOLVED:

1.1. Reports on the activities of dioceses CPI (on reports administrators of dioceses) – considered satisfactory.

1.2. Pay attention to the diocesan bishops to the need for timely delivery of the diocesan reports.

 

The result of the voting:

“For” – unanimously

 

 

2. CONSIDERED:

The outcome of the holiday “Day of Unity of the True Orthodox Church.”

 

HEARD:

Primate of the True Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Rafail (Motovilova);

Metropolitan Daniel (Mogutnova)

 

SPEAKERS:

Metropolitan Tikhon (Kiselev)

Archbishop Andrew (David)

 

RESOLVED:

2.1     To thank the Lord for the fellowship of the Primates held three of the True Orthodox Churches.

2.2     is considered particularly important to further develop and strengthen the fraternal relations between the Russian, Greek and American True Orthodox Church for the benefit of their people.

2.3     The work of the Commission for the celebration of the anniversary of the “Day of Unity of the True Orthodox Church” is satisfactory.

2.4     To express gratitude to the organizers, committee and benefactors the holiday.

 

The result of the voting:

“For” – unanimously

 

3. CONSIDERED:

About changes and additions to the new Charter EDC CPI.

 

HEARD:

Primate of the True Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Rafail (Motovilova)

 

SPEAKERS:

Metropolitan Stefan (Linitsky)

Metropolitan Daniel (Mogutnov)

Archbishop Basil (Sigalov)

 

RESOLVED:

3.1. This led to the re-registration of the Charter, subject to changes and additions – to consider them in a timely and useful to the life and work of the True Orthodox Church.

3.2. For their efforts to change the Constitution and re-office and legal department to declare CPI gratitude.

 

The result of the voting:

“For” – unanimously

 

4. CONSIDERED:

About the state of the Kuban-Don diocese CPI.

 

 HEARD:

Primate of the True Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Rafail (Motovilova)

 

SPEAKERS:

Metropolitan Eugene (Starostin)

Metropolitan Daniel (Mogutnov)

Metropolitan Mark (Warriors)

Archbishop Andrew (David)

 

RESOLVED:

4.1. In accordance with paragraph 3.36. (9) of the Charter EDC CPI Archbishop Alexy (Boyko), despite repeated invitations to the meeting of the Holy Synod and of the Council, subject to the canonical charge. In this regard, the Bishops CPI decided to remove him from the diocese.

4.2. For violation of the oath and the bishop’s other canonical violations Archbishop Alexy (Boyko) waive all positions, excluded from the CPI and the communication ban from serving. Continue to consider it not Thou former in the CPI and have no right to represent the CPI.

4.3. Refer to the information letter to the clergy and faithful of the CPI-Don Kuban and Pyatigorsk and North Caucasian diocesan Bishops’ Council of the decision against the former Archbishop Alexy (Boyko) and to notify the local authorities and the media.

4.4. Unite with the Kuban-Don Pyatigorsk and the North Caucasus in the same diocese, and to establish the North Caucasus and the Black Sea region of the diocese.

4.5. Recommend to the Holy Synod appointed managing EDC CPI North Caucasus and the Black Sea Archdiocese Andrew (David).

 

The result of the voting:

“For” – 21 “abstained” – 1.

 

At 19.00 the evening session of the Council of Bishops of the Genuine Orthodox Church ended with evening service.

 

11/24 September 2012. at 7.00 The Divine Liturgy in the church of St. John the Baptist, which was attended by bishops, members of the Council of Bishops of the True Orthodox Church. Catholic ministry headed by the Primate of the True Orthodox Church of Saint Raphael, Archbishop of Moscow, Metropolitan Russian.

 

SECOND MEETING

 

               11/24 September 2012. opened at 10:00 this afternoon the Council of Bishops of the True Orthodox Church.

 

5. CONSIDERED:

On the state of affairs in the CPI dioceses in Latin America.

 

 HEARD:

Metropolitan Alexis (Gomez Borbosa)

 

SPEAKERS:

The Primate of the True Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Rafail (Motovilov)

Metropolitan Daniel (Mogutnov)

RESOLVED:

5.1. Instruct Bishop Alexander (Egorov) and Metropolitan Alexy (Gomes Barbosa) to bring the text of the Divine Liturgy are available in Spanish in Latin America, in line with the tradition of the Orthodox Church.

5.2.Otkryt representation EDC CPI in Manizales (Colombia).

5.3.Glavoy representation EDC CPI in Manizales (Colombia) to appoint Reverend Alex (Gomez Barbosa) and elevation to the rank of Metropolitan.

5.4.Poruchit office EDC CPI to prepare a package of documents for registration of representative EDCs CPI in Manizales (Colombia).

5.5Poruchit registered representative EDC CPI in Manizales (Colombia), Metropolitan Alexy (Gomes Barbosa).

5.6.V practical assistance within the Metropolitan Daniel (Mogutnova) to arrange a visit to the Embassy of Colombia delegation CPI.

5.7.Dlya training clergy in Latin America to organize a month course and send a group of teachers in March – April 2013.

 

 

The result of the voting:

“For” – unanimously

 

6. CONSIDERED:

About the Synodal Department of the True Orthodox Church.

 

HEARD:

Primate of the True Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Rafail (Motovilova)

 

SPEAKERS:

Metropolitan Daniel (Mogutnov)

Archbishop John (Abramenko)

Archbishop Rostislav (Melnikov)

Bishop Alexander (Egorov)

RESOLVED:

6.1. Recommend Holy Synod approve CPI as Chairman of the Division of External Church Affairs of Metropolitan Daniel (Mogutnova).

6.2. Recommend Holy Synod approve CPI as Chairman of the Missionary Department Bishop Alexander (Egorov).

6.3. Report by Deputy. Chairman of the Missionary Department of the Abbess Joanna (Grizzly) – take note.

6.4. Recommend Holy Synod approve CPI as Chair of the Publications and information – Analytical Division archbishop Rostislav (Melnikova).

6.5. All of the recommendations and the views of the Council of Bishops of the Synodal Department CPI moved for consideration and approval by the Holy Synod of the CPI.

 

The result of the voting:

“For” – unanimously

 

7. CONSIDERED:

 On organizational matters.

 

7.1. HEARD:

Primate of the True Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Rafail (Motovilova)

 

SPEAKERS:

Metropolitan Eugene (Starostin)

 

 

 

RESOLVED:

7.1.1.V connection with the adoption of the great angelic image (Schema) skhiepiskopa Nicholas (Sasha) withdraw from the staff of CPI and determine his place of residence and the service at the Annunciation monastery. Yaroslavl-Rostov department – considered widowed.

 

The result of the voting:

“For” – unanimously

 

7.2. HEARD:

Primate of the True Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Rafail (Motovilova)

 

SPEAKERS:

Metropolitan Mark (Warriors)

 

RESOLVED:

7.2.1. The Bishops’ Council condemns innovation in worship Bishop Onuphrii (Popov) as heresy, and suspends his episcopal authority.

 

The result of the voting:

“For” – unanimously

 

7.3. HEARD:

Primate of the True Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Rafail (Motovilova)

 

SPEAKERS:

Metropolitan Andrey (Tregub)

Metropolitan Daniel (Mogutnov)

 

RESOLVED:

7.3.1. Appeal to the bishop Onufriv (Popov), clergy and parishioners with their message of exhortation, warning of their inability to participate in heretical gatherings and actions distort the Orthodox faith.

7.3.2. Entrust to the Holy Synod to complete its consideration of the situation in the religious community with. Prilypche (Chernivtsi Diocese) up to November 01 2012.

7.3.3. Consider the possibility of a return of Bishop Onuphrius (Popov) into the fold of the True Orthodox Church exclusively with its full repentance.

The result of the voting:

“For” – unanimously

 

8. CONSIDERED:

 About various things.

 

HEARD:

Primate of the True Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Rafail (Motovilova)

 

SPEAKERS:

Metropolitan Alex (Gomez Barbosa)

Archbishop Rostislav (Melnikov)

 

RESOLVED:

8.1. Due to the perceived need for the Church to the State of Israel to send a delegation of: Metropolitan of Kiev and Galich Andrew (Tregub) and Archpriest Basil Lazarovich.

8.2. Approved an agreement of intent between the True Orthodox Church of Russia and the Autonomous Metropolitan Church Old Calendar Calendar in Italy, the Holy Synod, Metropolitan Bergamo.

8.3. Determine the place of signing the merger Tomos stauropegic monastery “Feogenitorossa” (Greece).

 

The result of the voting:

“For” – unanimously

 

Session of the Council of Bishops of the Genuine Orthodox Church was completed 11/24 September 2012. at 15.00 zadostoynika singing holiday “Nativity of the Virgin.”

 

 

 

 

 

Session Chair: Primate

True Orthodox Church

Metropolitan Rafail (Motovilov)

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