Joint Dialogue Commission Meets to Continue Discussion on Unity
The Joint Dialogue Commission of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America and the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in the
Following the direction of the Congresses, the Commission made further refinements to the text of the Proposal. This, along with the findings of various working committees appointed by our Hierarchs, will form the basis for expanding discussion on the practical aspects of unity.
The Commission members noted that both Congresses took an historic step by approving the proposal as a basis for continued dialogue. The Commission regrets the hasty pronouncements of various officials and the media immediately after our Congresses. These misrepresented our Congresses’ decisions as being final decisions on unity. Both sides recognize that a difficult road remains ahead in addressing the concerns, past and present, regarding such a unity. The Commission members insist that the process of discussion and possible union is in the competence of our two eparchies alone. Recent speculation and public commentary by individuals outside of our eparchies have only complicated the delicate nature of this process and threatened its ultimate success. The Commission members urge that patience and discretion be exercised as this process takes its course.
Lastly, the Commission members would like to emphasize that the healing of the decades-long division within the Romanian Orthodox community in
The Commission will meet again after discussing its work with the respective Hierarchs.
Fr. Nicholas Apostola Fr. Laurence Lazar
Fr. Ioan Ioniţă Fr. Romey Rosco
Fr. Ion Gherman Fr. Remus Grama
Fr. George Chişcă Fr. Cătălin Mitescu
Fr. George Săndulescu Fr. Ian Pac-Urar
12 August 2008