The actions of Constantinople threatening the unity of Orthodoxy, said the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church

CC BY-SA 4.0 / presidential Administration / the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko during his visit to Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople. Archival photoThe actions of Constantinople threatening the unity of Orthodoxy, said the Synod of the Russian Orthodox ChurchCC BY-SA 4.0 / administration of the President of Ukraine /

The recent actions of Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople threatened the unity of the world Orthodoxy, the response of the Moscow Patriarchate for the appointment of the Constantinople of his exarchs (of representatives) will follow in the near future, said in a statement the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church.

«In order to justify its interference in the Affairs of another local Church of Constantinople, the Patriarch of the false interpretation of historical facts and references alleged in his exceptional powers, which he in fact does not possess and has never possessed. These actions lead to stalled relations between the Russian and Constantinople churches are a real threat to the unity of the world Orthodoxy,» reads the statement on the website of the ROC.

The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church also warned that «the entire responsibility for these acts falls anticanonically personally to Patriarch Bartholomew and those in the Church of Constantinople, which support them.»

«The response of the Moscow Patriarchate will follow in the near future,» said the Synod.

On Friday, the Ecumenical Patriarchate announced that «in preparation for the granting of autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine» was appointed its Exarch in Kyiv Archbishop Pamphylian Daniel from the USA and Bishop Hilarion of Edmonton Canada.

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is trying to achieve recognition of non-canonical religious structures and creation on their basis one local Autocephalous Church in Ukraine, outside the framework of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Previously, he said that the government will not interfere in internal Church Affairs, but again spoke of the need of autocephaly for Ukraine.

The episcopate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church responded that the issue is about the attempts of external forces to turn the Church into an integral part of geopolitics, of ideology and national security, although this is contrary to the vocation of the Church. In the UOC believe that the Church should not be a tool in the hands of the state or political ideology, no matter where it comes from. The bishops believe that attempts to change the status of the Church in Ukraine will deepen the rift in Orthodoxy and society and will lead to the restriction of rights and freedoms.

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