Tuesday, July 26, 2022

GOA charter peek-a-boo enters critical "Here I am!" phase

A while back the archdiocesan charter was unilaterally suspended in a surprise move that placed administration under simple fiat control. Archbishop Elpidophoros went so far as to call the move "divinely inspired." The decision was announced thus:

"The Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, wanting to strengthen the role of the largest Eparchy of the Mother Church with a new vision and a new Charter suitable for the evolving and changing modern pastoral needs of American society, decided to place the current Charter (2003) of the Holy Archdiocese of America into abeyance. Temporarily, until the issuance of the new Charter, the administrative structures of the Archdiocese, i.e., the Holy Eparchial Synod, the Executive Committee, the Archdiocesan Council, the Clergy-Laity Assembly, as well as the respective structures of the Metropolises will continue to function as they are."

Now, two years later, instead of bringing into force a new and improved charter, they have decided to just put the old one back into place. Will the charter update come up again in the near future? That is to be seen.

(GOA) - The Holy and Sacred Synod, during its July sessions, among other matters, discussed current topics of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, and after its recent 46th Clergy-Laity Congress, unanimously approved the lifting of the suspension of the Charter of the Archdiocese requested by the Holy Eparchial Synod and reinstated it in force, continuing the ongoing review process of the charter, and soon the composition of the Joint Committee formed for this purpose will be announced.

At the Ecumenical Patriarchate, July 22, 2022

From the Chief Secretariat of the

Holy and Sacred Synod

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