Episcopate Commission Holds Talks with Church of Romania
[Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America -
Joint Dialogue Commission] – Prompted by the ongoing dialogue between the two Romanian
Orthodox eparchies in North America, the Episcopate requested the
initiation of direct talks with the Church of Romania.
As explained in a letter to all parishes, the intent of such talks was to
clarify and seek a mutual understanding of certain historical issues
between the Mother Church of Romania and the ROEA, the plight of its
departed hierarchs, and related issues. Having received a favorable
response to its request, the members of the Episcopate’s Joint Dialogue
Commission, led by His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel, traveled to Bucharest, Romania for meetings on
February 25, 26 and 27, 2008. The Commission is composed of Very Rev
Frs Laurence Lazar (Chair), Remus Grama, Catalin Mitescu, Ian Pac-Urar, and
While in Bucharest, the delegation participated in
a Liturgy on St Policarp day at Antim Monastery, and was welcomed at Pasarea
and Cernica Monasteries. On Sunday, February 24, His Eminence was
invited to be the celebrant of the Divine Liturgy in the Patriarchal
Cathedral, assisted by the Episcopate and Cathedral Clergy.
The next day, the delegation was
cordially welcomed by His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel who personally
monitored the ensuing discussions and hosted several meals and a working
session in the Patriarchal residence. The Episcopate delegation and
the specially constituted Patriarchal Commission chaired by His Eminence
Archbishop (now Metropolitan) Nifon of Târgovişte, with His Eminence
Archbishop Nicolae (Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese of the Two Americas), His
Grace Bishop Ciprian Câmpineanul, Patriarchal Vicar, Patriarchal Councilors
Frs. Mircea Uţa, and Ioan Armaşi, held several rounds of frank
discussions in a promising spirit of Christian brotherhood. The talks
resulted in a mutually agreed upon statement.
to the above, and in terms of the unwarranted establishment of a
self-proclaimed Romanian Exarchate in America,
the JDC hopefully helped the Church of Romania better understand
American pastoral realities.
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download the Agreed Statement.