The ROC ceases to participate in the structures under the chairmanship of Constantinople

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. The ROC ceases to participate in the structures under the chairmanship of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. The decision adopted by the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church.

In addition, will be suspended concelebration with the hierarchs of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. Clarifies that this includes «the Episcopal Assembly in the so-called Diaspora and theological dialogues».

Also decided to cease commemoration of the Patriarch during the Liturgy in the Russian Orthodox Church, said the Chairman of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.

«Eucharistic communion between the churches is not interrupted. This decision is without prejudice to the ability of clergy of the Patriarchate of Constantinople and the Russian Orthodox Church to perform the divine service,» — said RIA Novosti the press Secretary of Patriarch Kirill, the priest of Alexander Volkov.

According to Metropolitan Hilarion, the decision if to take an example from secular life, in fact, equivalent to the severance of diplomatic relations.

He added that further decisions of the ROC will depend on Constantinople. «If they bring their dirty work to the end, we completely tear them Eucharistic communion,» said Metropolitan Hilarion.

In addition, the Synod called on the primates of other local churches to initiate a pan-Orthodox discussion of the situation in Ukraine.

The cessation of commemoration means that the Patriarch of Moscow will cease to say the name of Bartholomew during the Liturgy, that is, will cease to pray for him in the main worship service. According to the Patriarchal rite of the Liturgy, during her several times by name pray for the primates of all local Orthodox churches in the world. The diptychs (the list of these churches) recognized by the Orthodox Church, today in the world of fifteen, with Constantinople because of the historical tradition is in the first place.

Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church and Constantinople

Tensions between the Orthodox Church and the Patriarchate of Constantinople led to the desire of the latter to give the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church.

Kiev authorities are 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. Autocephaly is the status of the local Church, involving its administrative independence from other churches.

Last week, the Patriarchate of Constantinople said that «in preparation for the granting of autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine» was appointed Exarch in Kyiv Archbishop Pamphylian Daniel from the USA and Bishop Hilarion of Edmonton Canada.

The Russian Orthodox Church has condemned the decision and expressed Constantinople a protest. It is noted that the appointment of the Exarch to Ukraine is a gross violation of Church canons, according to which the bishops of one Autocephalous Church cannot interfere in the Affairs of another.

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