HT to Bishop Chandler Holder Jones.
This is one stupendous piece of news I missed! Reuters reported this one on 9th March – Orthodox Churches Will Hold First Ecumenical Council In 1,200 Years In Istanbul. More accurately, this would be a Pan-Orthodox Council, unless the Pope and a representation of Roman Catholic bishops would take part. I remember reading about this possibility on one of Bishop Kallistos Ware’s books in the early 1980’s. They are finally going to do it – in 2016.
The crisis in the Ukraine is high on the agenda, as is the unity between the autocephelous and autonomous Churches that recognise each other as Orthodox. Another point is the lot suffered by middle-eastern Christians under extremist Islamic persecution.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has excellent relations with Pope Francis, but how sympathetic is Moscow to this accommodation? Will the Patriarch of Antioch be involved?
The Council (Constantinople V?) will be held at Hagia Irene,
a Byzantine church building in the outer courtyard of the Ottoman sultans’ Topkapi Palace. Now a museum, it has not been used as a church since the Muslim conquest of Constantinople in 1453.
This is most intriguing. Will it be a “pastoral” Council, a “dogmatic” Council, Orthodoxy’s version of Vatican II and aggiornamento?
Comments and accurate information would be appreciated.