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“For the Unity of the Church” by Metropolitan Daniel of Vidin is published in four languages

“For the Unity of the Church” by Metropolitan Daniel of Vidin is published in four languages
Version for print
18 January 2022 year 11:26

The book offers the original of the letter by Metropolitan Daniel of Vidin to His Holiness Patriarch Neophyte of Bulgaria and members of the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church written in the Bulgarian language and the Russian, English and Greek versions sent out to the heads and hierarchs of some Local Orthodox Churches, including the Patriarchates of Alexandria, Jerusalem and Romania, and the Orthodox Churches of Cyprus, Greece, and Albania.

The letter is a short historical and canonical study in which the actions of Phanar are thoroughly analyzed on the basis of the documents about the transfer of the Metropolis of Kiev to the Moscow Patriarchate in 1686, canonical rules as well as the tomoi published by the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

In the preface to the book, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, points out that Metropolitan Daniel shows in his work that the actions of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in Ukraine, which break the two-thousand-year-long canonical tradition, have been caused by dogmatic distortions, such as negation of the conciliarity principle and claims to the primacy in the Orthodox Church of the Patriarch of Constantinople instead of Jesus Christ.

The edition prepared by the Poznanie Publishers in cooperation with the Foundation for Support of Christian Culture and Heritage is the third in the series of ten books on the international and inter-Orthodox relations. Among the authors of the next publications are Bishop Antonije of Moravica (Serbian Orthodox Church) and Protopresbyter Anastasios Gotsopoulos (Orthodox Church of Greece).

Metropolitan Daniel’s letter will undoubtedly make it into the history of the Church. The reason for its writing in March 2019 was a discussion in the Bulgarian Orthodox Church about the tragic situation in Ukraine, the interference of the Patriarchate of Constantinople into the Ukrainian church issue, its involvement in the formation of the so-called Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU), and ‘the tomos of autocephaly” granted to the newly-established schismatic structure.

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