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The synod of ROC in Minsk will give a final assessment to actions of Constantinople - RIA Novosti, 11.10.2018


The press secretary of the patriarch Kirill priest Alexander Volkov at a press conference in MIA Russia today
MOSCOW, 11 Oct — RIA Novosti. A final assessment to actions of the Constantinople patriarchy will be given by the Synod of Russian Orthodox Church which will pass in Minsk on October 15, the press secretary of the patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill priest Alexander Volkov reported. "The sacred synod of Russian Orthodox Church which will gather on the regular meeting in Minsk on Monday will give final assessment of all that was accepted today. Both permanent and interim members of the Sacred synod under the chairmanship of the most Saint patriarch Kirill will estimate already objectively, most deeply and fully all those actions and decisions which were made today by Constantinople, and already proceeding from these decisions of the Synod of the Russian church we will proceed further" — Volkov on air of Spas TV channel told. At the same time he added that it will be a question of "very sad steps which the Russian Orthodox Church, and in connection with a rupture of eucharistic communication, and in connection with other decisions which will be made will be forced to make". The synod of the Constantinople patriarchy confirmed earlier that it started granting church to autocephaly in Ukraine. The press secretary of the head of the ROC patriarch Kirill said that this decision of the Synod is split legalization. He also said that the Synod made catastrophic decisions for itself and for world Orthodoxy, passed red line. Ukrainian Orthodox Church in turn did not exclude a rupture of communication with Constantinople and imposing of an anathema, having said what considers deeply hostile act the decision of Constantinople on the Ukrainian uncanonical church. The president of Ukraine tries to achieve recognition of uncanonical religious structures and creation of uniform local autocephalous church in Ukraine, though promised not to interpose in the matter of church. Earlier Constantinople patriarchy "within preparation for granting autocephaly" appointed the exarchs in Kiev. Besides, the Constantinople patriarch Varfolomey said that he intends to provide to Ukraine autocephaly. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church called similar actions invasion on the initial territory of other local church and urged the patriarch Varfolomey to stop the intervention, and "exarchs" of the Constantinople patriarchy — to leave Kiev. The Russian Orthodox Church, in turn, went to actual "severance of diplomatic relations" with the Constantinople patriarchy. The synod of the Russian church declared the termination of commemoration of the patriarch Varfolomey during the patriarchal church services. In addition, the decision on getting out of structures in which representatives of the Constantinople patriarchy preside was made. The relations of ROC with Constantinople appeared in such crisis for all its more than thousand-year history only once. The sacred synod of ROC, the Hierarchal synod of Russian Orthodox Church abroad and the Sacred synod of Ukrainian Orthodox Church suspended service with hierarches of the Constantinople patriarchy. At the same time in ROC note that any of local churches does not support the project of the Ukrainian autocephaly.

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