July 26, 2015 (Source: http://www.jp-newsgate.net/en)
The Patriarchate of Jerusalem expresses its sorrow on the recent decision of the Patriarchate of Antioch to break off communion with it, and would like to sincerely and truthfully inform the sister Orthodox Churches and its flock about the following:
Firstly, the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, responding to an invitation by the Christians of Qatar, a geographical territory within its ecclesiastical jurisdiction, appointed Theophilos, now Patriarch of Jerusalem, as officiating priest there in 1997, when there was neither a church in the region nor was the Christian worship performed. Ever since and to this day, Orthodox Christians in Qatar attend the liturgy, initially in Houses of Prayer, and since 2009 in the Church of St George, the Glorious Great Martyr, and St Isaac the Syrian, founded by the Patriarchate on a plot of land offered by His Highness Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.
NFTU: Antioch had broken communion with the JP last year. You’d think that, well, of all the things to break communion over, let us say, ecumenism, modernism, etc, the one thing that would be least on the list was an argument over territory, but, not so, it is all about one thing with these guys, i.e., money. Believe whatever you want; have official communion agreements for years with heretics, joint prayer, etc, but, after 20 years, the one thing that upsets them is property. This is the real spirit of the false World ‘Orthodox’, i.e., worldly influence and not Orthodox Truth. So much for the ‘conservative’ Jerusalem Patriarchate.