site.btaMacedonian Orthodox Church Reacts to Handling of Church Matters by Bulgaria-Macedonia Commission
In a statement the Synod of the Macedonian Orthodox Church reacted to “hearsay and proposals that have been circulating recently within the context of the (mis)use of saints in everyday political connotation”.
„With regards to the Ohrid Archibishopric we should stress that regardless of who has been at its helm or the scope of its jurisdiction historically, the most numerous has always been the congregation of Macedonian believers. None other than the Macedonians preserved the memory of the ancient Ohrid Archibishopric as their mother church and none other than the Macedonian bishops and people fought for its union with the other orthodox churches and the restoration of its autonomy”, the statement says.
The Joint Commission on Historical and Educational Issues between Bulgaria and North Macedonia has come close to a shared view on the Archbishopric of Ohrid, about which Bulgaria had objections related to history books for primary schools, said Macedonian Co-Chair of the Commission, Dragi Georgiev.
Georgiev expects the two countries' historians to reach agreement on the matter at their next meeting or the one after that. According to him, the Bulgarian side insisted that the origins of the Archbishopric of Ohrid should be emphasized, while the historians of North Macedonia were set on its presentation as an important part of their country's cultural development.
Georgiev said: "The issue we discussed was how to present the institution in the textbooks. We need to stress its role in cultural development. We made it clear that this institution has a cultural and historical significance to us, we should not seek any political overtones. We are now very close to a point where we can leave it aside."