Russian Orthodox Church Abroad breaks off relations with Constantinople Patriarchate

Source : 112 Ukraine

The ROCA called the Constantinople Patriarchate church-sister and noted that the break will continue until "this ancient and once glorious church will not repent
19:37, 19 October 2018

The Russian Orthodox Church Abroad (ROCA) claimed about the termination of the Eucharistic communication with Constantinople Patriarchate due to its actions toward the Ukrainian church as it is reported in the statement of the Bishop Synod of the ROCA.

"Expressing its intention to establish stauropegic monastery in Ukraine, Constantinople invaded canonical territory of another local church and it is the blatant anti-canonic arbitrariness as the Synod of Constantinople Church does not possess either power or right to do this and we clearly say that we will not recognize the legal force of such establishment under no circumstances, we will deny the legitimacy of those who dare to proclaim themselves as the priests belonging to the non-denominational organizations," the message said.

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The ROCA claimed that in the cases "of such lawlessness the true nature of the conception "the first among equals" is distorted and it directly stands against the canonic Orthodoxy".

In the situation when the nature of the canonic Orthodoxy is heavily insulted, the Bishop Synod of the ROCA has no other choice but with the deep sorrow but with the full conviction proclaim about its agreement with the decision of the Holy Synod of Moscow Patriarchate that recognized the impossibility of the continuation of the Eucharistic communication with Constantinople Church at any level," the message said.

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The ROCA called the Constantinople Patriarchate church-sister and noted that the break will continue until "this ancient and once glorious church will not repent, refuse from the implementation of the false doctrine on some equality and comprehensive power that contradicts Orthodoxy, return to Orthodoxy and stop its lawlessness actions".

On October 11, the Synod lifted the anathema from Filaret, the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyivan Patriarchate, and Makariy, the Primate of Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. Filaret stated that a united Jubilee Bishops' Council would take place soon to create a unified Ukrainian local church.

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In addition, the Ecumenical Patriarchate recognized Russia’s Orthodox Church annexation of Kyiv metropole in 1686.

Later the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) decided to completely cease the Eucharistic relations with the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

As is known, the Ecumenical Patriarchate decided to grant the autocephaly for Ukraine's Orthodox Church. The respective document appeared on the official website of the Patriarchate. This outraged the Russian Orthodox Church, which already promised 'a tough and decisive response.'  

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