Metropolitan Hilarion compared the decision to Constantinople with the rupture of diplomatic relations

© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva in fotoreceptori Hilarion of Volokolamsk at the meeting of the Council of Federation of the Russian Federation. Archival photoMetropolitan Hilarion compared the decision to Constantinople with the rupture of diplomatic relations© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva the image Bank

The head of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk compared as adopted by the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church the decision for Constantinople with the severance of diplomatic relations.

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. Also, according to the decision of the Synod, the Patriarch, cease commemoration of Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, but the Eucharistic communion between the churches is not interrupted.

«In fact, this rupture of relations, if we take an example from secular life, then the solution is roughly equivalent to the severance of diplomatic relations», — said Metropolitan Hilarion.

According to him, the further decision of the Russian Orthodox Church will depend on the actions of Constantinople. «If they bring their dirty work to the end, we completely tear them Eucharistic communion,» — said Metropolitan Hilarion.

«What does that mean? The fact that the Patriarch of Constantinople, which often positions itself as the leader of 300 million Orthodox population of the planet, at least it is often so called in the media, it will not be so. At least half of the Orthodox population of the planet will never admit even as first among equals,» — stressed the head of the DECR.

Recalling that «the treacherous and cowardly plan» of Constantinople was carried out in several stages, the Metropolitan said that the response of the Russian Church will be gradual. «First, the temporary cessation of prayer to commemorate the Patriarch of Constantinople, out of all those authorities, which preside over or co-chair representatives of the Constantinople is the Episcopal Assembly, which are held in America, which includes all the canonical bishops of all countries, theological dialogues. That is, in fact, cease all contacts», — said the Metropolitan.

According to him, a complete rupture of relations is possible only after lack of response to these steps.

«At every stage (your reaction) the Church gives people the opportunity to stop and repent», he concluded.

Metropolitan Hilarion compared the decision to Constantinople with the rupture of diplomatic relations© RIA Novosti / Vitaly Policypro Autocephalous

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