Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia names a person who will temporarily fulfill his duties
23 November, 2017
Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia names a person who will temporarily fulfill his duties
The Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia has named a locum tenens Patriarch before congratulating the people on Saint George Day in the Kashueti Church today.

"The nomination of a locum tenens Patriarch means that if the Patriarch is ill, the locum tenens Patriarch will help him in fulfilling his duties," - theologian Sergo Vardosanidze noted, explaining today’s order of His Holiness.

"When the Patriarch names a locum tenens Patriarch, it means that if the Patriarch is ill, he can transfer his
duties to him. That's how it was historically. God may live him long, but in case of the Patriarch’s death, the locum tenens Patriarch may call a meeting and put his candidacy for the Patriarch's position, like anyone else, and he will have his one vote," - said Vardosanidze.

When asked whether the nomination of Metropolitan Shio Mujiri as a locum tenens Patriarch means that the Patriarch named him as his successor, the theologian said he "could not answer the question".

The Patriarch read the corresponding order which has been issued today.

“Senaki and Chkhorotskhu Metropolitan Shio Mujiri has been selected as a locum tenens Patriarch”, says the order.
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