STATEMENT OF ARCHBISHOP SIMEON

(English translation, the original text is attached)

Archbishop of Olomouc and Brno
Metropolitan Administrator of the Orthodox Church
in the Czech lands and the Slovakia

To the Orthodox clergy, believers and all religious public,

I warn the clergy and believers of the Orthodox Church in the Czech lands and the Slovak Republic to the fact, that after today (9 Dec. 2013) Sacred Synod meeting, I remained the only one canonical representative of our local Orthodox Church. Other members of the Sacred Synod unfortunately acted in the contrary to the sacred canons at this meeting, which them led to the fact that they felt into rebellion against the current proper supreme leader of our Church and into the schism position in the face of the Orthodox Church.

I am shocked by their behaviour, and I want to say that I did not cause the evolution of this situation, I did not want it and do not bear responsibility for it . I wished just solve the problem of the empty Prague archbishop's throne in the intention as I recently declared publicly in my two opened pastoral letters, which content is known in the Church. However I think the other members of the Sacred Synod do not want to resolve the disastrous situation in the Prague eparchy, and that is why they frankly rejected the canonical and constitutional principles, which led them finally to the schism.

Please note that the written report about the Sacred Synod meeting, which is available on the website www.pravoslavnacirkev.cz contains false information.

I appeal to all our clergy and all Orthodox believers of our Church to stop archbishop Rastislav (Rostislav), the archbishop George (Juraj) and bishop Ioakim (Jachym) considering as the canonical Orthodox clergy members. And I appeal all our clergy and all Orthodox believers of our Church to enclose around the only one canonical archpriest, who is after these events me, who remained alone. I am sorry for other members of the local Sacred Synod, who selected the path of rebellion and schism. I will work hard to calm the current turbulent situation.

I will proceed exclusively through the way of sacred Orthodox traditions and canons of the Holy Fathers, and I ask the other Orthodox Churches in the world for help in it, first of all I ask the Patriarchate in Constantinople. I am sure that using this approach with the help of God we can overcome not only the critical situation which happened today, but also all problems afflicting our church since April this year.

I hereby ask all spiritual administrators and all the clergy that they remember only my name in their worship service until resolving of this situation. This is the way how each such service will be set into the spiritual unity of canonical Orthodoxy. I pastorally ask You to abstain from any ecclesiastical communion with the schismatic bishops.

I urgently as your shepherd please for preservation of the Church unity and maintain our entire church on the path of Sacred Tradition of Holy Fathers and the canonical connection with other heads of Orthodox churches in the world, especially with His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

In the near future I shall call the Sacred Synod in order to adjust the situation and I shall inform the religious public about the further progress.

With archpastoral blessing and love in Christ

Your
+Simeon

Archbishop of Olomouc and Brno
Metropolitan Administrator of the Orthodox Church in the Czech lands and the Slovakia

On 9 December 2013



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