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Russian Orthodox churches moving closer to reconciling 1917 differences

first_imgEach church still would maintain its own council of bishops, but priests could participate and lead mass in both churches. The two churches also could cooperate with religious education, youth programs and missionary activities. “Administratively we will remain the same, but spiritually we will be one,” said the Rev. Peter Perekrestov, a priest at Holy Virgin Cathedral and secretary of the All-Diaspora Council. “Up to now, the relationship has been strained and standoffish.” The emigre church split from the patriarchate three years after the Bolshevik Revolution and cut all ties in 1927, after Patriarch Sergiy declared the church’s loyalty to the Soviet Union’s communist government. The Russian Orthodox Church had said Sergiy’s move was aimed at saving the church, but recently disavowed the declaration. The emigre church and its parent began discussions about re-establishing ties after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. The two churches recently set up working groups to ease the process.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – The Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia said Friday that it will move toward reconciling with the Moscow-based parent church it split from after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. The two churches would still have separate administrations, but would bond spiritually and allow their followers to worship in each other’s churches. “The two separate parts of the Russian Church will again be together,” said the Rev. Alexander Lebedeff, secretary of the exile church’s commission on reconciliation. “This division is coming to an end.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe move was announced after a meeting in San Francisco of the 13 bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, which has more than 400 parishes worldwide and about 480,000 U.S. members. For only the fourth time since it split with its parent church nearly 80 decades ago, the emigre church convened a special 134-member All-Diaspora Council, which met at San Francisco’s Holy Virgin Cathedral the week before last. The council, made up of clergy and lay people, voted to recommend that the bishops rejoin the Russian Orthodox Church, also known as the Russian Orthodox Patriarchate. Representatives of the Moscow patriarchate could not be reached for comment Friday, but previously said they welcomed the All-Diaspora Council’s vote for reconciliation. The two churches still need to develop and sign a document that makes their reunification complete, which could happen within the next year. last_img

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