Thursday, June 2, 2016

A Dossier on the Qatar Issue

I thought it might be useful to post all the links from this blog and elsewhere that I have on hand with regards to the dispute between Antioch and Jerusalem about Qatar.

Historical Background:

The Territory of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem according to the Fourth Ecumenical Council [This in itself should settle it. Also, according to the council, most of modern Jordan should also be under Antioch]

Constantin Panchenko on the Dioceses of Antioch in the 17th-18th Centuries [note that Acre was under Antioch until ca. 1620 and that, contrary to Jerusalem's claims, Bosra and Hawran was always under Antioch]

The Patriarchate of Antioch according to Mikhail Burayk [an 18th century historian and priest from Damascus recounts the history of the territory of the Patriarchate of Antioch]

An Interview with Bp Qais Sadeq [in which, among other things, he discusses the immediate background to the dispute]

Met Ignatius (al-Houshi) on Qatar and Antioch's Absence from the Council

A Timeline of Events in the Dispute:

11.3.2013 News that John X has sent a Letter to Jerusalem regarding Qatar

13.3.2013 Statement by the Holy Synod of Antioch on the issue of Qatar [Antioch protests Jerusalem's consecration of a bishop for Qatar, but does not yet break communion]

22.3.2013 Antiochian Delegation meets with the Archbishop of Athens about Qatar

27.3.2013 Fr Georges Massouh on the Patriarchate of Jerusalem's Behavior

29.4.2013 The Patriarchate of Jerusalem's Official Response to John X regarding Qatar [in which they up the ante by claiming the diocese of Bosra and Hawran]

 2.6.2013 Patriarch John X's Address at the Phanar [He invites the Ecumenical Patriarchate to be involved in the dispute with Jerusalem and expresses enthusiasm for the Great and Holy Council]

21.6.2013 Delegations from Antioch, Jerusalem meet in Athens

21.6.2013 The Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Announcement of an Agreement about Qatar

11.12.2013 An Update on the Dispute between Antioch and Jerusalem

8.3.2014 Official Statement of the Patriarchate of Antioch [Antioch withdraws from the synaxis preparing for the Great and Holy Council]

29.4.2014 Communiqué from the Holy Synod of Antioch [Antioch breaks communion with Jerusalem]

10.7.2015 The Patriarchate of Jerusalem's Position on the Interruption of Communion by the Patriarchate of Antioch [in which Jerusalem once again ups the ante, by falsely attributing statements to John X]

13.7.2015 Met Saba (Esber) Responds to the Patriarchate of Jerusalem's Statement

8.7.2015 Antioch Officially Responds to Jerusalem's Statement

11.7.2015 Carol Saba on the Rupture of Communion between Antioch and Jerusalem

17.7.2015 an-Nahar on Antioch's Decision and Jerusalem's Response

20.10.2015 Talks between Antioch and Jerusalem Planned then Cancelled?

31.5.2016 The Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate addresses the Qatar Issue

2.6.2016  The Patriarchate of Antioch Responds to the Ecumenical Patriarchate

6.6.2016 The Ecumenical Patriarchate Reiterates that the Council will go on as Planned

7.6.2016 Antioch Announces that if  Qatar is not Addressed, it will not Attend the Council

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Just a note to thank you for putting this together, helping refresh our memories on the chronology of this dispute. Praying for its resolution before (and/or during?) the council or, as some are preferring to call it now, meeting, because, regardless of what it is, "how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity".

Also, you might want to delete the previous comment...