Patriarch Bartholomew Could Be Deposed at Pan-Orthodox Council Called by Other Patriarchs—Antiochian Hierarch | 6/9/2019 | Staff
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The possibility of convening a pan-Orthodox council without the participation of Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople cannot be ruled out, says His Grace Bishop Qais (Sadiq) of Erzurum, vicar to Patriarch John X of Antioch and All the East.

Moreover, there exists the possibility that he could be deposed if the crisis in Ukraine cannot be resolved peacefully, he told RIA-Novosti.

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Bp. Qais spoke with the Russian outlet while in Moscow for an international conference dedicated to the protection of the rights of the faithful in Ukraine. In his address, he called for the nations of the world to impose sanctions upon Ukraine if the violence against the canonical Church does not cease and if there is no progress in returning the illegally seized churches.

“We honorably recognize the Patriarch of Constantinople, but today the problem is that the Patriarch of Constantinople is making a mistake. If all the Orthodox Churches gather a council without him and decide to depose the primate of Constantinople, this is possible,” the Antiochian hierarch said.

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As he explained, usually when the desire to gather in council arises in the Orthodox world, then “every Church within itself determines and reaches an agreement on the matter,” and then “sends a request...
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