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Εcumenical Patriarchate Denounces Russian Interference in the Ephraim Case

Τhe Ecumenical Patriarchate denounced the interference of the Russian Orthodox Church in the case of Abbot Ephraim of Vatopedi, after the Holy Synod concluded on Tuesday.

In its official announcement, the Patriarchate points out that Mount Athos lies within the jurisdiction and borders of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and though it may include Orthodox monks of different national backgrounds, its matters hold no pan-orthodox interests. Therefore, no other Autocephalous Church is allowed to interfere with the operation and issues of Mount Athos in any way.

The announcement followed a long discussion on the issue of the pretrial detention of Abbot Ephraim of Vatopedi. The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew expressed his regrets over the whole situation surrounding the case of Abbot Ephraim.

The announcement also emphasizes that the Ecumenical Patriarchate has always avoided intervening with any judicial matters and investigations, due to respect of judicial independence, and will continue its policy, especially as far as this case is concerned, in which the Patriarchate does not know the content of the relevant papers in the case.

The Ecumenical Patriarchate had asked Abbot Ephraim to leave his post until the judicial control of the Monastery’s affairs was over. This suggestion was followed by Abbot Ephraim at first, but later on a second decision of the Monastery’s Council allowed him to return to his duties.

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  • Marcos de Abreu

    I support  Abbot Ephraim!  

  • SWHunter

    I support Abbot Ephraim and find it puzzling that the Ecumenical Throne would take such a weak position relative to supporting the Abbot and such a harsh position in criticizing other Orthodox Churches for supporting him. It is not interfering with the affairs of Mount Athos for the Russian Orthodox Church to express its concerns about the Abbot, about his health and the conditions of his imprisonment. Its simply an expression of their Christian love for him. Frankly, I’m appalled that Patriarch Bartholomew would take such a callous and abrasive position about the whole matter.