Committee for Canonical Affairs

Description

The Committee for Canonical Affairs will be responsible i) for creating and maintaining the registries mentioned in the Message of the Assembly of Bishops, namely: a) the registry of canonical bishops; b) the registry of canonical clergy and their status; and c) the registry of all canonical communities in the United States; ii) for recommending to the Assembly any additions or deletions from these registries; iii) for determining the canonical status of local communities that have no reference to any of the autocephalous churches and addressing issues pertaining to these bodies; and iv) for considering any canonical questions submitted to it by the other committees.

Membership

Met. Methodios (GOA) - Chairman
Met. Hilarion (ROCOR)
Met Athenagoras (EP)
Bp. Maxim (Serbia) 

Committee Liaison

Fr. Nathanael Symeonides

Consultants

1. Fr. Daniel Ene
2. Fr. Paul Hodge
3. Fr. John Erickson
4. Fr. Alexander Rentel
5. Dr. Lewis Patsavos

Terms of Reference

What is to be accomplished

  • Create and maintain a registry of canonical bishops, a registry of canonical clergy and their status, and a registry of all canonical communities in the region
  • Monitor any additions or deletions from these registries, with particular reference to disciplined clergy or communities
  • Investigate status and history of local communities that have no reference to any of the autocephalous churches and make recommendations to the Assembly pertaining to these bodies
  • Prepare to take into consideration canonical questions addressed to it by the other committees of the Assembly

How it is to be accomplished

  • Determine what information will be needed to complete each registry
  • Design a system for storing the information, a system that will be easily updatable/searchable/publishable and will be able to be updated via a secure website
  • Use the current lists from the Secretariat of the Assembly as a basis for the registry of canonical bishops
  • Communicate with each jurisdiction in order to gather the needed information on clergy and communities, using the current SCOBA database as a point of origin

With whom it is to be accomplished

  • Secretariat of the Assembly
  • Chancellors' offices of all jurisdictions/presences
  • Webteam of the Assembly
  • Other Committee Chairs as appropriate and/or as requested 

News and Events

Committee for Canonical Affairs 2014 Report

Friday, November 21, 2014
The 2014 annual report of the Committee for Canonical Affairs is now available online. read more »

Canonical Affairs Committee 2012 Report: Clergy Information Database

Monday, February 04, 2013
The Assembly of Bishops has undertaken a project to create a unified database that will contain pertinent identification information for all Orthodox clergy in North and Central America. As part of this effort the Committee for Canonical Affairs was assigned the task of creating a preliminary model for the database to help facilitate discussion during the development of the database. read more »

An Agreed Statement of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation

Sunday, October 26, 2003
The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation concluded a four-year study of the Filioque on October 25, when it unanimously adopted an agreed text on this difficult question that has divided the two communions for many centuries. read more »