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2014 Episcopate Congress: Friday, September 5, Saturday, September 6 and Sunday, September 7 at Vatra Româneasc─â, Grass Lake, Michigan...CLICK HERE for Announcement, Schedule & Hotel Information.

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014  
The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America - Press Release
[October 4, 2010] - The 78th Congress of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America was held October 1-2 at St Mary Cathedral, Cleveland, Ohio.

The first portion of plenary discussion was given to reviewing and acceptance of reports presented by the administration, departments, commissions, hierarchs, etc., financial statements and adoption of budgets for the coming year, etc.

A great deal of time was then given to discussing the reports of the Legal and Financial Due Diligence committees called for by the 2008 Congress. At that time Congress recognized the ÔÇťProposal to Establish the Romanian Orthodox Metropolitanate in North AmericaÔÇŁ as an acceptable basis to continue talks toward a possible union of the two existing Romanian eparchies, separated for decades. The Proposal was the product of the long-standing Joint Dialogue Commissions, established with the blessing of the hierarchs and endorsement of their respective congresses after the fall of communism. It defines in ecclesiological terms acceptable to both sides, a Metropolitanate with a unique status of ÔÇťmaximal autonomyÔÇŁ in communion with the Church of Romania but not subject to its administrative jurisdiction. The due diligence studies were thus seen as integral to any decision regarding such a future unity. However, hearing that the committees were not yet able to give a positive report, and wishing to encourage progress, Congress respectfully urged that the necessary information be gathered by the end of the year, so that the committeeÔÇÖs findings, essential to the process, would be completed in as timely a manner as possible.

There had also been lengthy discussion of the Proposal and Due Diligence in the Clergy Conference, and the Episcopate Council which subsequently passed its recommendation to Congress. In each instance, the Archbishop gave a very pastoral and practical overview of the current movement of the world-wide Church to correct canonical anomalies, and to establish administrative order and unity to the Church in areas of the world referred to (by some) as the ÔÇťdiasporaÔÇŁ. This, he emphasized, has direct bearing on our Episcopate, the Orthodox Church in America (i.e. its autocephalous status), and the overall life of the Church in North America.

A final Proposal, a refinement of the 2008 text, was presented by the two dialogue commissions in October, 2009, and annotations were agreed to and presented in June of this year. These notes explain the common vision and commitment both sides have toward working for the administrative union of all Orthodox jurisdictions in North America, in line with the current reasoning of the universal Church, and the commissionsÔÇÖ agreed understanding of each proposal point. The Episcopate Council recommended the 2010 Proposal and its Annotations to Congress as being the final text, ÔÇťacceptable as a preliminary step and good theological basis for establishment of the Romanian Orthodox Metropolitanate in North AmericaÔÇŁ.┬á (Note: The changing of one word was stipulated.)

Due to the significance of the Proposal and CouncilÔÇÖs recommendation, a special evening session was convened. After discussion, the Archbishop offered words of pastoral wisdom and insight that touched the hearts of many. He concluded by reminding all to act with love and without fear, trusting, as we had heard at the beginning of the day, the Lord will strengthen us his people and bless us with peace. (Psalm 29:11) The vote was taken and the recommendation passed overwhelmingly. Thus, the text of the historic Proposal was accepted, and the due diligence studies remain to be completed before a unity can come about.

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COMUNICAT DE PRES─é

Cel de-al 78-lea Congres al Episcopiei Ortodoxe Române din America s-a ţinut în zilele de 1-2 octombrie, la Catedrala Sf. Maria din Cleveland, Ohio.

Prima parte a discu┼úiilor plenare a fost alocat─â dezbaterii rapoartelor prezentate de c─âtre administra┼úie, departamente, comisii, ierarhi, etc.; rapoartelor financiare ┼či adopt─ârii
bugetelor pentru anul viitor.

Apoi, a s-a alocat o bun─â bucat─â de vreme discut─ârii rapoartelor de prezentate de c─âtre comisiile Due Diligence ÔÇô cea Legal─â ┼či cea pentru Investiga┼úie Financiar─â - ├«nfiin┼úate la Congresul din anul 2008. ├Än acel an, Congresul a recunoscut ÔÇťPropunerea pentru ├Änfiin┼úarea Mitropoliei Ortodoxe Rom├óne din America de NordÔÇŁ ca pe o baz─â acceptabil─â pentru continuarea dialogului spre o posibil─â unire a celor dou─â existente eparhii rom├óne┼čti care sunt separate vreme de c├óteva decenii. Propunerea a fost rodul muncii Comisiilor de Dialog, ├«nfiin┼úate cu mul─â vreme ├«n urm─â, dup─â c─âderea comunismului, cu binecuv├óntarea Ierarhilor ┼či cu aprobarea Congreselor lor respective. Aceast─â Propunere define┼čte ├«n termeni eclesiologici, acceptabili ambelor p─âr┼úi, o Mitropolie cu un statut de ÔÇťautonomie maximal─â,ÔÇŁ ├«n comuniune cu Biserica Ortodox─â Rom├ón─â, dar f─âr─â a fi sub controlul administrativ al acesteia. Cercet─ârile de Investiga┼úie Financiar─â au fost astfel ├«n┼úelese a fi parte integrant─â din orice hot─âr├óre privitoare la aceast─â de viitoare unire. ├Än┼úeleg├ónd ├«ns─â c─â aceste comisii nu au reu┼čit ├«nc─â s─â ofere un raport pozitiv, dar dorind s─â ├«ncurajeze progresul, Congresul a cerut respectuos ca informa┼úia necesar─â s─â fie adunat─â p├ón─â la sf├ór┼čitul anului, astfel ├«nc├ót concluziile comitetului, esen┼úiale acestui demers, s─â fie completate, c├ót mai cur├ónd posibil.

Ample dezbateri at├ót ale textului Propunerii c├ót ┼či a comisiilor de Due Dilligence au avut de asemenea loc ├«n cadrul Conferin┼úei Preo┼úilor ┼či a Consiliului Episcopesc, care apoi a avansat recomandarea sa ├«naintea Congresului. De fiecare dat─â, ├Änalt Prea Sfintia Sa, Arhiepiscopul NATHANIEL, a oferit o privire de anasamblu ├«n termeni pastorali ┼či practici despre demersul Ortodoxiei din ├«ntreaga lume de a corecta anomaliile canonice ┼či de a stabili unitate ┼či ordine administrativ─â ├«n acele zone ale lumii care constituie ceea ce este numit (de unii) ÔÇ×diaspora.ÔÇŁ Toate acestea - a subliniat I.P.S. Sa - au un impact direct asupra Episcopiei noastre, a Bisericii Ortodoxe ├«n America (de ex.: a statului de autocefalie a acesteia) ┼či a lucr─ârii Bisericii ├«n America de Nord.

├Än Octombrie, 2009, cele dou─â comisii de dialog au prezentat o Propunere final─â, ca o rafinare a textului din 2008, iar anot─ârile paralele acceptate de comun acord au fost prezentate ├«n luna Iunie, ├«n acest an. Not─ârile incluse explic─â ├«n┼úelegerea comun─â ┼či determinarea pe care cele dou─â p─âr┼úi le au cu privire la lucrarea pentru efectuarea unit─â┼úii tuturor jurisdic┼úiilor Ortodoxe din America de Nord, ├«n armonie cu g├óndirea Bisericii universale ┼či cu ├«n┼úelegerea acceptat─â de c─âtre comisii a fiec─ârui punct din Propunere. Consiliul Episcopesc a recomandat Congresului Propunerea din 2010 ┼či anot─ârile acesteia ca fiind textul final, ÔÇťacceptabil ca o treapt─â preliminar─â ┼či ca o bun─â baz─â teologic─â pentru stabilirea Mitropoliei Ortodoxe Rom├óne ├«n America de Nord.ÔÇŁ (S-a stipulat modificarea unui singur cuv├ónt).

Dat─â fiind ├«nsemn─âtatea Propunerii precum ┼či a recomand─ârii f─âcute de Consiliu, Congresul s-a reunit┬á din nou ├«ntr-o sesiune de sear─â. Dup─â discu┼úii, I.P.S. Arhiepiscop Nathaniel a oferit cuvinte de ├«n┼úelepciune ┼či de suflet care au mi┼čcat inimile multora.

├Änalt Prea Sfin┼úia Sa a conchis aduc├óndu-ne aminte tuturor s─â ac┼úion─âm cu dragoste ┼či f─âr─â team─â, crez├ónd, a┼ča cum am auzit la ├«nceputul zilei, c─â Domnul ne va da t─ârie ┼či ne va binecuv├ónta cu pace (Ps. 28, 11). Dup─â aceea, vot├óndu-se, recomandarea a fost cov├ór┼čitor aprobat─â. Astfel, textul istoricei Propuneri a fost acceptat, iar investiga┼úiile de due dilligence r─âm├ón a fi ├«ncheiate mai ├«nainte ca o unire s─â devin─â actual─â.┬á



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