Three bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church in Germany have "temporarily" ceased work within the Orthodox Bishops Conference in Germany (OBKD), as the Spokesperson of the bishops told Catholic KNA news agency on Tuesday, Deutshce Welle reports.
The OBKD is located in Bonn and led by Greek Metropolitan Augoustinos. It was founded in 2010. It unites bishops of seven Orthodox churches, comprising around 2 million Orthodox Christians in Germany.
“KNA quoted Archbishop Mark, who leads the Russian bishops, as saying the conference cessation was "very painful, but we could not even indirectly endorse what is being done against Orthodoxy in the Ukraine and Russia," the news agency reports.
Reportedly, the Russian Orthodox Church decided to completely cease the Eucharistic relations with the Patriarchate of Constantinople.
On October 11, the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate supported that the autocephaly provision for Ukraine is prolonged. Also, it has officially approved Constantinople as Ukraine’s mother-church. Besides, 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.
In addition, the Ecumenical Patriarchate recognized Russia’s Orthodox Church annexation of Kyiv metropole in 1686.