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Friday, Oct 31, 2014  
Statement of Clarification
[ROEA Chancery - October 18, 2010] Concerned that unofficial internet postings distort and misrepresent the current status of the dialogue of reconciliation with our sister Romanian eparchy in North America, we offer the following information.

The Press Release posted on our website, www.ROEA.org, is the only official statement of the ROEA on this issue. We deplore any other postings that claim to report factual information from unknown ÔÇťsources close to the EpiscopateÔÇŁ. Such erroneous postings disinform and foster disunity in the Church and our Episcopate.

We likewise deplore misrepresentations of the Episcopate Council or Congress. Stating that unity would be desirable, our dialogue with the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in the Americas (ROAA) was established in 1993 not by the Episcopate Council but the Congress, which has repeatedly endorsed its work. The role of Council is to implement the decisions of Congress. The dialogue is thereby the work of the entire Church.

We deplore denigration of the members of our Joint Dialogue Commission. The JDC operates with our blessing and direction. Its sensitive work has been long and often difficult. There is no truth to the assertion that it attempted to override the agreed process by presenting an unauthorized version of the 2008 ÔÇťProposalÔÇŁ at the summer Council session or at any time.

As repeatedly stated, the July 2008 Congress recognized the ÔÇťProposal to Establish the Romanian Orthodox Metropolitanate in North AmericaÔÇŁ prepared by the two dialogue commissions, as an acceptable basis to continue the work that would lead to a final text that could be presented to the Church of Romania. That Congress also called for legal and financial due diligence studies. As openly reported, the JDC was directed to weigh and interpolate into the Proposal any pertinent input from the Clergy Conference, Council and Congress.

The 2009 Congress was informed that the Proposal was nearly complete but the Archbishop asked for further study on one of the points. The Congress was also informed that the ÔÇťannotationÔÇŁ (notes of clarification) of the Proposal, requested by Council, would be presented once the Proposal text was completed. This refined, finalized Proposal, negotiated by the two eparchial commissions with the blessing of their hierarchs, was received by Council in October, 2009 and was debated at length. The Annotated version (i.e. that explains what both sides understand the Proposal points to mean and their common vision of working toward the administrative unity of all Orthodox jurisdictions in North America) was presented to Council in June, 2010.

There was no deception by the JDC, nor did it ever attempt to override the process in any way. The text presented in October, 2009, together with the annotations presented in June, 2010 and a one-word change suggested by Council on September 30, 2010 comprise the actual, authorized text passed by Episcopate Congress on October 1, 2010. There is no ÔÇťunauthorizedÔÇŁ text.

We are dismayed to read that the September 30 Episcopate Council session in Cleveland was split 50/50. This report must be based upon speculation, personal opinion or wishful thinking, since the clear majority voted to recommend the Proposal and Annotations to the Episcopate Congress. The next day, Episcopate Congress overwhelmingly passed a resolution accepting the same Proposal and Annotations that had been properly received by Council months before and recommended in its latest session.

Some may feel that the dialogue remains ÔÇťstatus quoÔÇŁ because no change of status has been enacted by either of the two Romanian Orthodox eparchies. On the other hand, the October 1 resolution of Congress effectively benchmarks the text as being final, and represents further progress toward the reconciliation of our two sister eparchies.

Of course, no progress beyond this point is possible without a sufficient exchange of legal and financial information. To this end, the Episcopate Congress also passed a resolution urging timely completion of the due diligence studies.

Finally, it is pure speculation to claim that the financial and legal due diligence issues are ÔÇťso complexÔÇŁ that it is unlikely they can be completed anytime soon. In the reports offered by the Due Diligence Committees, no such statement has ever been made. Quite to the contrary, it is our expectation and the expressed expectation of the Congress that the due diligence committees will complete their work in a timely manner.

The Episcopate Congress passed the following resolution concerning the Dialogue: ÔÇťWe find the Joint Dialogue CommissionÔÇÖs merger proposal and its Annotations of 2010 with the recommended change in Point XI to read, ÔÇťÔÇŽthe Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church shall issue the GramataÔÇŽÔÇŁ, acceptable as a preliminary step and a good theological basis for establishment of the Romanian Orthodox Metropolitanate in North America.ÔÇŁ

The Episcopate Congress also passed the following resolution concerning the Due Diligence process: ÔÇťThat the Congress hereby supports the efforts of the due diligence committee in requesting information from the ROAA and urges the ROAA to provide such information in a timely manner, but not to exceed 90 days from the date of the request and this resolution will be included in the due diligence requests. If any further information is requested of the ROEA, please make such request and it will be provided in a timely manner by our due diligence committee.ÔÇŁ

We deplore the fact that members of the media, whether traditional or ÔÇťnew,ÔÇŁ would post ostensible news stories without the merest attempt at verification or fact-checking. We urge the members of our God-protected Episcopate and all faithful Orthodox Christians to refrain from speculation that only disinforms, inflames the passions, and exacerbates enmity between the people of God.

The process of reconciliation proceeds at its own pace. We are aware that some are frustrated by its slowness while others are alarmed by its speed. We appeal to all to show forbearance and charity, and to trust that the unhappy controversies that have for too long divided the Orthodox faithful of Romanian origin in North America will be resolved in GodÔÇÖs time and according to His Will.

 +Archbishop NATHANIEL
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Clarificare

[Cancelaria ROEA, 18 Octombrie 2010] Preocupat de faptul c─â anumite comunic─âri neoficiale f─âcute pe internet deformeaz─â ┼či reprezint─â eronat statutul curent al dialogului de reconciliere cu eparhia sor─â Ortodox─â Rom├ón─â din America de Nord, oferim urm─âtoarea clarificare.

Comunicatul de Pres─â publicat pe website-ul nostru, http://www.ROEA.org, este singura comunicare oficial─â din partea ROEA (Episcopiei Ortodoxe Romane din America) pe aceast─â tem─â. Depl├óngem orice alte declara┼úii care pretind c─â rapoarteaz─â informa┼úii ÔÇťfactualeÔÇŁ provenite de la ÔÇťunele surse apropiate Episcopiei.ÔÇŁ Astfel de declara┼úii eronate dezinformeaz─â ┼či alimenteaz─â dezbinare ├«n Sf. Biseric─â ┼či ├«n Episcopia noastr─â.

Depl├óngem, de asemenea, orice reprezent─âri gre┼čite despre Consiliul sau Congresul Episcopiei. Afirm├ónd c─â unitatea este dezirabil─â, dialogul nostru cu Arhiepiscopia Ortodox─â Rom├ón─â din cele dou─â Americi (ROAA) a fost ini┼úiat, ├«n 1993, nu de c─âtre Consiliu, ci de ├«nsu┼či Congresul Episcopiei, care apoi, de repetate r├ónduri, a fost de accord cu lucrarea dialogului. Rolul Consiliului Episcopiei este de a duce la ├«ndeplinire deciziile Congresului. A┼čadar, dialogul este lucrarea ├«ntregii Biserici.

Deplor─âm denigrarea membrilor Comisiei noastre Mixte de Dialog (JDC). JDC func┼úioneaz─â cu binecuv├óntarea ┼či sub ├«ndrumarea noastr─â. Delicata ei lucrare a fost lung─â ┼či adeseori dificil─â. Sunt cu totul neadev─ârate afirma┼úiile c─â JDC ar fi ├«ncercat s─â-┼či dep─â┼čeasc─â mandatul prelu├ónd controlul demersului convenit prin prezentarea vreunei versiuni neautorizate a ÔÇťPropuneriiÔÇŁ din anul 2008, at├ót la sesiunea din vara 2010 a Consiliului, c├ót ┼či ├«n vreo alt─â ocazie.

A┼ča cum s-a subliniat adeseori, Congresul din Iulie 2008 a recunoscut ÔÇťPropunerea de ├Änfiin┼úatare a Mitropoliei Ortodoxe Rom├óne din America de NordÔÇŁ preg─âtit─â de c─âtre cele dou─â comisii mixte de dialog, ca o baz─â acceptabil─â pentru continuarea lucr─ârilor care s─â duc─â spre un text final ce ar putea fi prezentat Bisericii Ortodoxe Rom├óne. De asemenea, Congresul a cerut studii legale ┼či financiare (due diligence) impuse de procedurile legale ale statelor americane. Dup─â cum s-a raportat ├«n mod deschis, comisia JDC a fost ├«ndrumat─â s─â cump─âneasc─â ┼či s─â modifice Propunerea ini┼úial─â ├«n func┼úie de orice recomand─âri primite de la conferin┼úa preo┼úeasc─â, Consiliul Episcopiei ┼či de la Congres.

Congresul din anul 2009 a fost informat c─â Propunerea era aproape complet─â, ├«ns─â c─â Arhiepiscopul a cerut studii mai aprofundate cu privire la unul dintre puncte. Congresul a fost totodat─â informat c─â anot─ârile (notele de clarificare) ale Propunerii, solicitate de Consiliu, vor fi prezentate ├«ndat─â ce textul Propunerii va fi fost finalizat. Aceast─â Propunere, finalizat─â ┼či perfec┼úionat─â ├«n negocieri dintre cele dou─â comisii eparhiale, cu binecuv├óntarea ierarhilor acestora, a fost primit─â ┼či ├«ndelung dezb─âtut─â de Consiliul Episcopiei din Octombrie 2009. Versiunea anotat─â (adic─â cea care explic─â cum ├«n┼úeleg ambele p─âr┼úi punctele Propunerii ┼či viziunea comun─â a acestora de a lucra pentru unitatea administrativ─â a tuturor jurisdic┼úiilor Ortodoxe ├«n America de Nord) a fost prezentat─â Consiliului, ├«n iunie 2010.

Comisia JDC nu a comis nici o ├«n┼čel─âciune, ┼či nici nu a ├«ncercat ├«n vreun fel s─â preia demersul convenit. Textul prezentat ├«n Octombrie 2009, ├«mpreun─â cu anot─ârile prezentate ├«n iunie 2010 ┼či modificarea unui singur cuv├ónt, conform sugestiei Consiliului Episcopiei din 30 septembrie, 2010, cuprinde textul autorizat, actual, votat de c─âtre Congresul Episcopiei ├«n 1 octombrie, 2010. Deci, nu se poate vorbi despre vreun alt text ÔÇťne-autorizat.ÔÇŁ

Suntem uimit s─â citim c─â ├«n sesiunea Consiliului Episcopesc din Cleveland, ├«n 30 septembrie, opiniile ar fi fost ├«mp─âr┼úite ÔÇť50/50ÔÇŁ. Acest zvon este bazat pe specula┼úie, opinie personal─â, sau dorin┼úa celui ce a scris a┼ča ceva, deoarece marea majoritate a votat pentru recomandarea Propunerii ┼či a Anot─ârilor. ├Än ziua urm─âtoare, Congresul Episcopiei a aprobat ├«n mod cov├ór┼čitor rezolu┼úia de acceptare a acestei Propuneri cu anot─ârile ei, care fuseser─â ├«n mod adecvat acceptate de Consiliu cu luni de zile ├«nainte ┼či recomandate ├«n ultima sa sesiune.

Deoarece nici una dintre cele două Eparhii Ortodoxe Române nu au întreprins vreo schimbare reală a stării lor, unii ar putea pretinde că statutul dialogului a rămas neschimbat (status quo),. Cu toate acestea, rezoluţia din 1 octombrie a Congresului definitivează textul final al Propunerii, fapt care reprezintă un pas înainte către reconcilierea celor două eparhii surori.

Desigur, nici un progres dincolo de acest punct nu este posibil f─âr─â un schimb deplin de informa┼úii legale ┼či financiare. ├Än acest sens, Congresul Episcopiei a votat de asemenea o rezolu┼úie ├«ndemn├ónd la finalizarea expeditiv─â a studiilor de diligen┼ú─â.

├Än sf├ór┼čit, a afirma c─â demersul legal ┼či financiar de ÔÇťdue diligenceÔÇŁ este ÔÇťat├ót de complexÔÇŁ ├«nc├ót este pu┼úin probabil c─â va putea fi ├«ncheiat cur├ónd este iar pur ┼či simplu o specula┼úie. ├Än nici unul din rapoartele oferite de comitetele de ÔÇťdue diligenceÔÇŁ nu s-au f─âcut niciodat─â astfel de afirma┼úii. Dimpotriv─â, at├ót noi c├ót ┼či Congresul, ├«n mod expres, a┼čtept─âm ca comitetele de ÔÇťdue diligenceÔÇŁ s─â-┼či ├«ndeplineasc─â sarcina c├ót mai cur├ónd posibil.

Congresul Episcopiei a aprobat urm─âtoarea rezolu┼úie cu privire la Dialog:ÔÇŁConsider─âm propunerea de unire ┼či anot─ârile din 2010 ale comisiei JDC, cu modificarea recomandat─â (de Congres) la Punctul XI care spune ÔÇ×...Patriarhul Bisericii Ortodoxe Rom├óne va emite Gramata...ÔÇŁ, acceptabil─â ca o treapt─â preliminar─â ┼či o bun─â baz─â teologic─â pentru stabilirea Mitropoliei Ortodoxe Rom├óne din America de Nord.ÔÇŁ

Congresul Episcopiei a aprobat de asemenea urm─âtoarea rezolu┼úie privind procedura de ÔÇťdue diligenceÔÇŁ: ÔÇťCongresul sprijin─â eforturile comitetului de ÔÇśdue diligenceÔÇÖ ├«n ce prive┼čte solicitarea de informa┼úii de la ROAA ┼či indeamn─â ROAA s─â ofere aceste informa┼úii c├ót mai cur├ónd posibil, dar nu ├«n mai mult de 90 de zile de la data cererii; iar aceast─â rezolu┼úie va fi inclus─â ├«n scrisorile comisiei de diligen┼ú─â. Dac─â va fi nevoie de alte informa┼úii pe care ROEA ar trebui s─â le furnizeze, v─â rug─âm s─â le solicita┼úi ┼či acestea v─â vor fi oferite c├ót mai cur├ónd posibil de c─âtre comisia noastr─â de ÔÇśdue diligenceÔÇÖ.ÔÇŁ

Deplor─âm faptul c─â membrii mediilor de comunicare, fie ele tradi┼úionale sau ÔÇťnoiÔÇŁ, au postat a┼ča-zise ┼čtiri f─âr─â ca m─âcar s─â fac─â cel mai mic efort de verificare sau investigare a lucrurilor pe care le pretind. ├Ändemn─âm pe membrii de Dumnezeu-p─âzitei noastre Episcopii ┼či pe to┼úi credincio┼čii cre┼čtini ortodoc┼či s─â se ab┼úin─â de la specula┼úii care dezinformeaz─â, inflameaz─â pasiuni, ┼či exacerbeaz─â du┼čm─ânii ├«ntre cre┼čtini.

┬áReconcilierea ├«┼či continu─â demersul s─âu normal. ├Än┼úelegem c─â unii sunt frustra┼úi cu ├«ncetineala lui, iar al┼úii sunt alarma┼úi de iu┼úeala acestuia. Facem un apel c─âtre to┼úi pentru r─âbdare ┼či iubire, ┼či avem toat─â ├«ncrederea c─â nefericitele controverse care au desp─âr┼úit vreme prea ├«ndelungat─â pe credincio┼čii Ortodoc┼či de origine Rom├ón─â din America de Nord vor fi rezolvate conform voin┼úei lui Dumnezeu ┼či la ceasul ├«n care El va ├«ng─âdui aceasta.

+NATHANIEL, Arhiepiscop
 
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