What the Macedonian Church’s Fight for Autonomy Signifies

Posted February 9, 2018 10:07 am by Ines A. Murzaku

What the Macedonian Church’s Fight for Autonomy Signifies

On November 9, 2017, the Holy Synod of the Macedonian Orthodox Church—Ohrid Archbishopric sent a letter to the Bulgarian Orthodox Church with three requests: 1) recognition of the Macedonian Orthodox Church by other Eastern Orthodox Churches; 2) recognition of Macedonian Orthodox Church autocephalous status (canonical independence); and 3) readiness to recognize the Bulgarian Orthodox Church as the Macedonian Orthodox Church’s mother Church. Reactions from Bulgaria were positive: Patriarch Neofit of Bulgaria, in an interview before the November 27, 2017, meeting of the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church said: “We must accept the outstretched hand of Macedonia,” due to

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