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U.S. Greek Orthodox discuss new church charter

Posted: Friday, December 08, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese announced that a panel of U.S. bishops, clergy and laity has discussed revisions of the church charter in Istanbul, Turkey, at the headquarters of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

Bartholomew, the spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodoxy, has direct jurisdiction over the U.S. archdiocese, which said a second session would meet Feb. 20-22 in Istanbul.

Orthodox Christian Laity, a Chicago-based group, protested Dec. 5 that archdiocesan procedures require discussion of charter changes at a regular congress of U.S. clergy and lay delegates before submission to Istanbul. It said efforts to discuss the text were thwarted at last July's congress and parishioners have still not seen the proposals.

The lay group said this ''unexpected disappointment'' would alienate members and hasten a movement for U.S. church autonomy.

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