Georgian Orthodox Church Leaves WCC & CEC

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The Georgian Orthodox Church in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia announces that it is leaving the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Conference of European Churches (CEC) because, according to them, these international organizations have failed to take Orthodox interests into consideration.

A much deeper issue is that there is a growing anti-ecumenical movement within the Georgian Orthodox Church, and this decision is perceived as an attempt to preserve church unity.

Georgi Andreadze, one of the leaders of the Dzelevai Orthodox society in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, says:

"The very membership in the WCC was perceived as active participation [in the ecumenical movement] which [was viewed as becoming] heretical."

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