Patriarch Kirill compared the actions of Constantinople with the turmoil of the 1920-ies

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in photovacation of Moscow and all Russia Kirill. Archival photoPatriarch Kirill compared the actions of Constantinople with the turmoil of the 1920-ies© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator the image Bank

The Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill, opening an emergency session of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, likened the appointment of the Constantinople of his exarchs in Ukraine with one of the most difficult periods of Church history to the twentieth century.

«What is happening now in connection with the premise of so-called exarchs, is a mirror image of what had made the Patriarch of Constantinople in the 1920-ies, when our Church, headed by Patriarch Tikhon was in the hardest conditions. Patriarch Tikhon was experiencing serious pressure from the authorities, supported by the authorities, the schismatics-the Renovationists gaining strength, and then in Constantinople decided to send to Moscow the so-called Commission, at the request of some Orthodox. Of course, that the ROC no requests to the Patriarch, not sent. And, apparently, sent dissenters-Renovationists», — said the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church.

He recalled that Patriarch Tikhon, who at that time was in prison, wrote «very clear and understandable» letter of protest, «courageously and clearly defined position.» «And today we must follow his line which is only right and canonically justified», — concluded the Patriarch.

Earlier, the Patriarchate of Constantinople said that «in preparation for the granting of autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine» was appointed its Exarch in Kyiv. This decision strongly condemned the Moscow Patriarchate, calling it an intrusion on the canonical territory of other local churches. The Chairman of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion said that the Moscow Patriarchate will break Eucharistic communion with the Patriarchate of Constantinople in the event of the giving them the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church.

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