On 22 February 2011, a meeting of the Inter-Orthodox Preparatory Commission convened at the Orthodox Centre of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambésy, near Geneva, to continue to discuss problems around the agenda of a future all-Orthodox Council. The last meeting of the Commission was in December 2009. It’ll submit the results of its discussions to the Fifth Inter-Orthodox Pre-Council Meeting, the date of which is to be determined upon completion of the preparatory work. Earlier Pre-Conciliar Inter-Orthodox Meetings occurred in 1976, 1982, 1986, and 2009. Metropolitan Ionnanis Zizioulas of Pergamos and Adramyttion (EP) chaired the session. An MP delegation headed by Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev of Volokolamsk, the chairman of the MP DECR, included Archbishop Mark Arndt of Berlin and all Germany (ROCOR), Archpriest Nikolai Balashov, deputy chairman of the MP DECR, and translator A G Churyakov. Delegations from 14 autocephalous Local Churches attended the meeting. A prayer opened the session and Metropolitan Ionnanis presented an introductory report. The First Hierarchs of the Local Churches involved sent a telegram asking for blessings and prayers, followed by a formal welcoming of the heads of the delegations. Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev delivered to the participants of the meeting the good wishes of Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias, hoping for a successful undertaking, in a spirit of love and understanding. Metropolitan Ieremias Kalligiorgis of Lausanne and all Switzerland (EP), the Secretary of the Preparatory Commission, made a report on the agenda for the session. The next meeting of Inter-Orthodox Preparatory Commission would continue a review of the questions raised at this sitting. Proceedings of the Commission, which shall examine the contents of a Tomos of Autocephaly and the mechanics of its conferral, and a discussion of the diptychs, will continue until 26 February.
23 February 2011
Official MP Website
The Blunder is only the head of the MP delegation in name only. Why? The next day, 23 February, he was in Geneva schmoozing with the head of the WCC. It’s clear that Balashov is doing all the heavy lifting in the talks, exactly as it happened the last time that the EP and MP discussed autocephaly under the pretext of Pre-Conciliar talks. Is there going to be a statement issued on autocephaly, as occurred the last time? I’ve no idea… we’ll have to see. Nevertheless, all comers know that the EP doesn’t recognise the so-called OCA… and His Nibs may very well toss the lifting of the autocephaly of the OCA to Bart as a face-saving bone. After all, Chambésy is now all but shut down due to Greek government funding cuts and it’s clear that this meeting only took place because KMG subsidised it. Bart has no money… and the other First Hierarchs have even less. Howdya like that image? You couldn’t get more low-res if you tried. In short, this is airy-fairy jibber-jabber, only fit for SVS phonies like Oliver Herbel and John Behr, konvertsy poseurs like Matthew Tate, and soulless apparatchiki like Kishkovsky, Lebedeff, Burdikoff, and Larin. No real people should waste their time on this. I had to attend to it so that the real news was out there… to counter SVS lies. As for you… you can see it’s utter GIGO… act accordingly.