Archdiocese of Orthodox Churches of Russian Tradition in Western Europe

Moscow Patriarchate

Declaration of the Council of the Archdiocese

The Council of the Archdiocese, in its present form, began work a little more than six months ago. It has come to understand the difficulties facing our Archdiocese and the tasks that await it.

During this period the life of our Archdiocese has been deeply disturbed by the letter from the Patriarch of Moscow Alexy II of 1 April 2003 discussing ways of establishing a local unified Church in our country, and suggesting it ought to be done by bringing together the bodies that owe their existence to the Russian emigration and uniting them under the Patriarchate of Moscow. Several other questions also arise.

At the end of that period, and after the Pastoral Assembly of the clergy of the Archdiocese, initiated by Archbishop Gabriel, which was held at the Institut Saint-Serge in Paris on the 1 November last, the members of the Council of the Archdiocese, meeting on 17 November 2004, wish to explain what has been happening and to identify the resulting tasks that fall on us all.

We intend to remain faithful:

This faithfulness also implies an openness to the realities of the world in which we live. The tasks facing our Church result from situation we are in: