LATVIA – Saeima Press Service (09/09/2022)
According to Saeima Press Service on 8 September, the Saeima passed urgent amendments to the Latvian Orthodox Church Act, confirming the full independence of the Latvian Orthodox Church with all its dioceses, parishes and institutions from any church authority outside Latvia (autocephalous church).
In addition, the law establishes the procedure for informing Latvian state institutions and private individuals about the assumption of office and removal from office of the Head of the Church, metropolitans, archbishops and bishops.
According to the explanatory memorandum to the draft law, the definition of the scope of legal status in the Law does not affect or contradict Church teaching on faith and canon law.
By 31 October, the Church must bring its statutes into conformity with the amendments to the Church Status Act. The Office of the President must be notified by 1 October of the appointment of the Head of Church, metropolitans, archbishops and bishops.
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