Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Patriarchates of Jerusalem-Romania relations strained

(Jerusalem Patriarchate) - The Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem met on Monday 9 May 2011 regarding the resolution of the anti-canonical actions of the Patriarchate of Romania, which has built a church and hostel in Jericho without their permission.

The Holy Synod of Jerusalem, after an in-depth investigation, regretably decided to sever communion with the Patriarchate of Romania and crossed Patriarch Daniel out of the dyptychs.

In the 1990's during the days of Patriarch Diodoros of Jerusalem and Teoctist of Romania a church and hostel was being built by Romanians in Jericho without permission from the Jerusalem Patriarchate. The Patriarchate of Jerusalem protested these actions, but the Romanian Church continued the unlicensed building project, and today the church is even functioning liturgically.

It should be noted that despite the interruption of ecclesiastical communion, Romanian pilgrims are welcomed to visit the Holy Land and the Monasteries of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

For more details, read the original source in Greek here.


  1. Oh my word! What is going on! Didn't Christ say that he will build his church and the gates of Hell will not prevail!

  2. Yes, He did, and He is always right. This is just a little political hiccup along the way.

  3. One city, one bishop. I completely agree with the Holy Synod of the Holy City, and I will keep them and the Romanian Synod in my prayers.

  4. It is unfortunate that the Patriarchate of Jerusalem and the Patriarchate of Romania have severed their relationship.

    Perhaps a Holy Synod meeting -- with the Patriarch of Constantinople presiding -- could help to resolve this non-Christian dilemma.