Metropolitan Athanasius of Limassol: My conscience would not allow me to sign

Athens, July 2, 2016

Metropolitan Athanasius of Limassol has officially
confirmed that during the time of the meeting on Crete he
did not sign the document adopted by it: “Relations
of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of the Christian
World.” It was precisely this document that caused
the most acute controversy both before and during the
Council.

“As there arose a misunderstanding in informing
believing Christians that I didn’t sign the document
‘Relations of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of
the Christian World’ of the Holy and Great
Council,” writes Vladyka Athanasius, “I wish
to notify all those interested, that my conscience would
not allow me to sign. I didn’t sign because I
don’t agree with the text of the document in its
finalized form.”

Metropolitan Athanasius also published the text of his
address to the Holy and Great Council concerning the
document, which is available on the Greek portal
Romfea.

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