Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Churches in Australia

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*[[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia]]: delegation consisting of Archbishop Stylianos, [[Archimandrite]] [[Stephanos (Pantanassiotis)|Stephanos]] (vicar-general of the archdiocese), and Mr James Samios (legal counsel and director of public relations for the archdiocese).
 
*[[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia]]: delegation consisting of Archbishop Stylianos, [[Archimandrite]] [[Stephanos (Pantanassiotis)|Stephanos]] (vicar-general of the archdiocese), and Mr James Samios (legal counsel and director of public relations for the archdiocese).
 
*[[Australian jurisdictions without a local bishop|Romanian Orthodox Church in Australia and New Zealand]]: delegation consisting of V. Rev. Dr. [[Gabriel Popescu]].
 
*[[Australian jurisdictions without a local bishop|Romanian Orthodox Church in Australia and New Zealand]]: delegation consisting of V. Rev. Dr. [[Gabriel Popescu]].
*[[ROCOR]] - [[Diocese of Australia and New Zealand (ROCOR)|Diocese of Australia and New Zealand]]: delegation consisting of Archbishop [[Theodosius (Putilin) of Sydney|Theodosius]] and Fr Nicholas Gan. (since withdrawn)
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*[[ROCOR]] - [[Diocese of Australia and New Zealand (ROCOR)|Diocese of Australia and New Zealand]]: delegation consisting of Archbishop [[Theodosius (Putilin) of Sydney|Theodosius]] and Fr Nicholas Gan.
 
*[[Serbian Orthodox Church in Australia and New Zealand]]: delegation consisting of Bishop [[Vasilije (Vadic) of Australia and New Zealand|Vasilije]] and Fr Milorad Loncar.
 
*[[Serbian Orthodox Church in Australia and New Zealand]]: delegation consisting of Bishop [[Vasilije (Vadic) of Australia and New Zealand|Vasilije]] and Fr Milorad Loncar.
  
 
==Membership-related Events==
 
==Membership-related Events==
 
===Regarding the [[Diocese of Australia and New Zealand (ROCOR)|Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia]]===
 
===Regarding the [[Diocese of Australia and New Zealand (ROCOR)|Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia]]===
According to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, ROCOR chose to withdraw from membership in SCCOCA because of tensions created by the rise in ecumenism <!-- in 19xx -->.
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ROCOR chose to withdraw from membership in SCCOCA<!-- in 19xx, because of tensions created by the rise in ecumenism? -->.
  
 
===Regarding the [[Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand]]===
 
===Regarding the [[Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand]]===
 
According to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, the acceptance of schismatic Romanian communities run by defrocked priests has forced SCCOCA to exclude the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand from membership until said actions are reversed.{{citation}}
 
According to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, the acceptance of schismatic Romanian communities run by defrocked priests has forced SCCOCA to exclude the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand from membership until said actions are reversed.{{citation}}
  
The Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand says [http://www.antiochian.org.au/content/view/394/6/ SCCOCA is dead] having been totally inactive from 1999 to 2006.  Since SCCOCA is dead, its former chairman cannot pretend to exclude any jurisdiction from membership.
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According to the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand, SCCOCA's complete inactivity between March 2000 (a letter from Bp [[Seraphim (Ginis) of Apollonias|Seraphim]]; before that, 1999) and March 2006 justifies its view of SCCOCA as being dead; consequently, it is impossible to exclude from a non-existant organisation.[http://www.antiochian.org.au/content/view/394/6/]
  
 
==Current Events==
 
==Current Events==
The Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese considers [http://www.antiochian.org.au/content/view/394/6| SCCOCA dead], having been totally inactive from 1999 until March 2006.  
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Consistant with the aforementioned view, the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand can not consider there to be current events from an organisation that "[http://www.antiochian.org.au/content/view/394/6/ was dead]" (Metropolitan [[Paul (Saliba) of Australia and New Zealand|Paul]]).
  
According to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, SCCOCA member churches concelebrate on the Vespers of Orthodoxy and Thomas Sunday.
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According to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, SCCOCA member churches concelebrated on the Vespers of Orthodoxy and Thomas Sunday.
  
In March 2006, Vespers of the Sunday of Orthodoxy was celebrated at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Marrickville with Archbishop Stylianos of the Greek Orthodox Church, the Bishop Milutin of the Serbian Orthodox Church, as well as representative clergy from the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Partriarchate) and the Romanian Orthodox Church. In total about 35 clergy were present surrounded by about 500 faithful. The event was powerful, sombre and moving as each of the jurisdictions read the testimony from the 7th Ecumenical council in their respective languages as well as English. The ceremony ended with exchanges of words of love and solidarity by the bishops.
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:"In March 2006, Vespers of the Sunday of Orthodoxy was celebrated at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Marrickville with Archbishop [[Stylianos (Harkianakis) of Australia|Stylianos]] of the [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia|Greek Orthodox Church]], the Bishop [[Milutin (Knezevic) of Australia and New Zealand|Milutin]] of the [[Serbian Orthodox Dioceses of Australia and New Zealand|Serbian Orthodox Church]], as well as representative clergy from the [[Australian jurisdictions without a local bishop|Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Partriarchate)]] and the [[Australian jurisdictions without a local bishop|Romanian Orthodox Church]]. In total about 35 clergy were present surrounded by about 500 faithful. The event was powerful, sombre and moving as each of the jurisdictions read the testimony from the 7th Ecumenical council in their respective languages as well as English. The ceremony ended with exchanges of words of love and solidarity by the bishops."
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
 
*[[Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas]]
 
*[[Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas]]
  
==External link==
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==External links==
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* [http://home.it.com.au/~jgrapsas/pages/scocca.htm History of SCCOCA] from the website of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia (covering the foundation of SCCOCA)
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* [http://www.antiochian.org.au/content/view/394/6/ History of SCCOCA] from the website of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand (covering recent events regarding this Antiochian Archdiocese]]
  
* [http://www.antiochian.org.au/content/view/394/6/ History of SCCOCA] from the website of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand
 
 
* [http://home.it.com.au/~jgrapsas/pages/scocca.htm History of SCCOCA] from the website of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia
 
  
 
[[Category:Orthodoxy in Australia]]
 
[[Category:Orthodoxy in Australia]]
 
[[Category:Jurisdictions]]
 
[[Category:Jurisdictions]]
 
[[Category:Organizations]]
 
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The Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Churches in Australia (SCCOCA) was an organisation founded in 1979 under the leadership of Greek Archbishop Stylianos (Harkianakis) of Australia and intended to help cooperation among the Orthodox jurisdictions in Australia, under the permanent chairmanship of the representative of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

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Founding members

Membership-related Events

Regarding the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia

ROCOR chose to withdraw from membership in SCCOCA.

Regarding the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand

According to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, the acceptance of schismatic Romanian communities run by defrocked priests has forced SCCOCA to exclude the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand from membership until said actions are reversed.citation needed

According to the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand, SCCOCA's complete inactivity between March 2000 (a letter from Bp Seraphim; before that, 1999) and March 2006 justifies its view of SCCOCA as being dead; consequently, it is impossible to exclude from a non-existant organisation.[1]

Current Events

Consistant with the aforementioned view, the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand can not consider there to be current events from an organisation that "was dead" (Metropolitan Paul).

According to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, SCCOCA member churches concelebrated on the Vespers of Orthodoxy and Thomas Sunday.

"In March 2006, Vespers of the Sunday of Orthodoxy was celebrated at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Marrickville with Archbishop Stylianos of the Greek Orthodox Church, the Bishop Milutin of the Serbian Orthodox Church, as well as representative clergy from the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Partriarchate) and the Romanian Orthodox Church. In total about 35 clergy were present surrounded by about 500 faithful. The event was powerful, sombre and moving as each of the jurisdictions read the testimony from the 7th Ecumenical council in their respective languages as well as English. The ceremony ended with exchanges of words of love and solidarity by the bishops."

See also

External links

  • History of SCCOCA from the website of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia (covering the foundation of SCCOCA)
  • History of SCCOCA from the website of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand (covering recent events regarding this Antiochian Archdiocese]]
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