On the official blog of the Serbian True Orthodox Church under Bishop Acacius (which is in communion with the RTOC under Abp. Tikhon of Omask; as many remember, the RTOC and the GOC-K almost entered full communion a few years ago), there was posted a statement about the recent union of Synods arranged through the auspices of the GOC (K).
The statement (found here), while having some critiques, is in general very positive and embracing of the union. It even lauded Abp. Kallinikos’ use of economy in situations which it was thought he would not give. The following statement gives the general positive attitude:
This unquestionably historical event brought great joy to the majority of True Orthodox throughout the whole world (in Greece they called this event a Pascha before Pascha), and hope for the beginning of the process of unification of all True Orthodox, which after so many gloomy decades of the splintering and fragmenting of True Orthodoxy, in any case foreshadows a brighter future of the strengthening of the position of the True Orthodox on the battleground with apostate official Orthodoxy.
Indeed, the statement ends by saying Bishop Acacius supports the measures. Although there is some measured criticism of Metropolitan Agafangel, this seems to be very moderate and to represent a genuine attempt at charity, given the past extremes of criticism between various Russian Synods. However, considering the relegation and setting aside, from official statements, of the main (and controversial) theological thesis of the reposed Met. Cyprian (Katsumbas), it would only make sense that Met. Agafangel agreed with the setting aside of such “theologumena” for the sake of greater witness and unity among traditional Orthodox Christians, instead of decades of fierce acrimony, mutual recriminations, and the general negative atmosphere that many perceive to be characteristic of “Old Calendarists”.
With greater attempts for anti-ecumenists and traditionalist to understand one another, and the casting aside of old prejudices, combined with a clarification of issues that have divided traditionalists, the statements of the Serbian TOC site (which fully purport to be representative of Bishop Acacius), do indeed foreshadow a much brighter future.
The full statement can be found below:
With a majestic divine service on the Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross, 23 March, at the Monastery of St. Nicholas in Paiania on the outskirts of Athens, the argreement of union was confirmed between the Greek TOC on one side, presided over by the Archbishop of Athens and Greece, Kallinikos, and on the other side the now-defunct” Synod in Resistance” (Cyprianites), the Romanian TOC presided over by Met. Vlasía of Slatioara, the Bulgarian TOC presided over by Bishop Photios of Triadia, and the jurisdiction under Met. Agathangel which claims to be the sole inheritor of the canonical fallen Russian Church Abroad.