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NEW SECT AT SOFIA THEOLOGICAL FACULTY

 

24 June 2004

Ivan Latkovski who is a Senior Assistant at the Theological Faculty of Sofia University in Bulgaria disclosed during a staff meeting that he had left the Bulgarian Orthodox Church and joined the so called Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church led by the Suzdal and Vladimir Metropolitan Valentin which is not recognized by any other church. Latkovski admitted that he was rebaptized, remarried and even ordained as ROAC priest. He tried to win over some of the students to his new cause which created turmoil in the faculty. On 22 March 2004 the Dean Emil Traichev sent a letter to the Holy Synod headed by Patriarch Maxim asking for
instructions although, theoretically, the faculty is independent from any church authority. On 30 April 2004 The Synod responded that Latkovski "should no longer be a lecturer at the Theology Faculty" and it "expects his repentance and return" to the canonical Bulgarian Patriarchate.

Tsurkoven vestnik, 10, 16-31.5.2004                  
Archim. Dr. Pavel Stefanov

 

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