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Before proclaiming MOC daughter-church, BOC will seek support from other Orthodox churches

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The letter sent by the Holy Synod of the Macedonian Orthodox Church-Ohrid Archbishopric (MOC-OA) to the Bulgarian Orthodox Church (BOC) is a unique move, quite different from the conservative steps taken thus far when it comes to the matter of securing autocephaly. However, the Serbian Orthodox Church (SOC) is where we should seek autocephaly, Daniel Dimevski tells MIA.

Dimevski is a religious studies scholar and MA in international law, diplomacy and politics.

De facto, he says, the MOC is in a situation in which de jure it isn’t recognized by not a single Orthodox church as autocephalous and to that end we have nothing to lose if we would be recognized by the BOC.

“What could we get? We can get to be recognized by a neighboring church, which in principle is a good step, much better than being recognized by no one. It’s possible the authority the BOC enjoys to prompt some other smaller churches to follow suit. It’s far too ambitious and unrealistic to expect that this move could solve the issue involving the recognition of an autocephalous status, because the Serbian Orthodox Church is still the one authority we should seek recognition from,” says Dimevski.

According to him, it’s unrealistic to expect support from the Greek, Serbian and Russian Orthodox churches, the three main authorities in the Orthodox world.

“The main benefit is a bilateral settlement, which in fact lays foundation for smooth settlement of the dispute, which is going to last. For a permanent solution, it is necessary to find the strength and means motivating the Serbian Orthodox Church to grant the tomos,” the expert concludes.