Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Controversy in Bulgaria Over Archons
Controversy has engulfed the Bulgarian Orthodox Church due to its recent decision to follow the example of the Constantinopolitan Orthodox Church in awarding the providers of large monetary contributions with the imperial East Roman title of archon (literally "ruler"). Guidelines for awarding the title were recently approved by the Bulgarian Orthodox Holy Synod. The decision came under widespread criticism immediately after its publication, with some seeing it as a public expression of the power of the mafia in the country and the Church. One of the country's hierarchs, Metropolitan Nathaniel (Kalaidzhiev) of Nevrokop, has publicly criticized the Holy Synod's ruling. More here.