Unfortunately, Bishop Hilarion, the representative of the Moscow patriarchate, walked out when he saw that a delegation from the Estonian Orthodox Church was there. Apparently the Russian Orthodox Church refused to recognize the Estonian’s autocephaly, which had been sponsored by the Church of Constantinople.
As a result, the accords reached during the meeting were less valuable and even criticized by the Russian Orthodox as not having enough of a plurality of Orthodox Churches represented [in part caused by their walk-out].
I seem to hear two different stories of Orthodoxy: some Orthodox highlight its strong harmony and pervasive unity, while others point out the many divisions–whether territorial, jurisdictional, theological, etc.–that exist between the various Churches. A is out of communion with B but in communion with C. But C is in communion with both, but not in communion with D, and so on.
What do you make of Bishop Hilarion’s walk-out at the mere presence of a delegation from a fellow Orthodox Church? Was he justified in taking such an action or is it simple pride at work?