The Russian Orthodox Church will cease communication with Constantinople, if the UOC will give autocephaly

© RIA Novosti / Tabyldy Kadyrbekovna of Christ the Savior. Archival photoThe Russian Orthodox Church will cease communication with Constantinople, if the UOC will give autocephaly© RIA Novosti / Tabyldy Kadyrbekov

The Moscow Patriarchate will stop Eucharistic communion with the Patriarchate of Constantinople in the event of the giving them the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church, said Saturday the Chairman of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.

«When such a brazen and cynical way interfere in the Affairs of the local Orthodox churches, not only leads the situation into a dead end, but also threatens to split the world Orthodoxy. <…> The canonical autocephaly of the Church that will not accept. We in the Russian Church this autocephaly is not recognized. We will have no choice but to break off communication with Constantinople,» said Metropolitan Hilarion, the TV channel «Russia 24».

According to him, their recent actions the Patriarchate of Constantinople «in fact, puts himself outside of what we call the «Canon field» — outside the legal framework of the Ecumenical Orthodoxy.» The Metropolitan said that the Orthodox Church believes exhausted, «the means of Church diplomacy» in relations with the Constantinople Church.

«The Constantinople side acted, from our point of view, the cowardly and treacherous,» — he stressed.

On the eve of the Patriarchate of Constantinople has announced that it has appointed its Exarch in Kyiv Archbishop Pamphylian Daniel from the USA and Bishop Hilarion of Edmonton Canada «in preparation for the granting of autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.» The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church in this regard, expressed strong protest. The statement noted that this decision was made without approval of the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill and Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine Onuphrius. ROC called it a «flagrant violation of Church canons,» which prohibit bishops in one local Church to interfere in the internal Affairs of another local Church.