The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church announced today that after 55 years, the Macedonian Orthodox Church will return under the auspices of the Serbian Orthodox Church, with full autonomy, as granted to it in 1959.

Per the wish and request of the Macedonian Orthodox Church to establish its canonically autonomous status, the Serbian Orthodox Church established that there are no further obstacles to canonical unity and decided to grant the request of the Macedonian hierarchy, confirming the canonical autonomy given to the Macedonian church in 1959, thereby returning the Macedonians under the auspices of the Serbian Orthodox Church, historian Aleksandar Raković interpreted today’s decision of the Holy Synod.

Raković commented for Tanjug on the announcement of the Holy Synod, stating that the Serbian Orthodox Church accepts the status of the greatest possible autonomy for the Macedonian church, that is, full internal independence as granted to it back in 1959.

“Unfortunately, on May 10, 2022, the Macedonian Orthodox Church unnecessarily renounced its dispersed eparchies and several hundred thousand believers, per the request of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

Fortunately, the dispersed believing people of Macedonia may in the future satisfy their spiritual needs under the auspices of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the diaspora,” said Raković.

He also pointed out that there is no analogy between the Macedonian case, as an exception, and anything else in the Serbian Orthodox Church system.