The ROC declared its readiness to dialogue with Constantinople

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Mackinderite in fotoreceptor of the Synodal Department for Church and society and the media Vladimir Legoyda. Archival photoThe ROC declared its readiness to dialogue with Constantinople© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Mackinderite the image Bank

Russian Orthodox Church is ready to dialogue with Constantinople until done «irreversible steps», its position on the situation with the Church in Ukraine will announce on Friday after an emergency meeting of the Holy Synod, said in an interview with RIA Novosti the Chairman of the Synodal Department for Church and society and the media Vladimir Legoyda.

Informed source RIA Novosti reported that an extraordinary meeting of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church held in Moscow St. Daniel monastery on Friday, it will discuss disagreements with the Patriarchate of Constantinople concerning the possible autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church and the appointment of Patriarch Bartholomew, their exarchs in Ukraine.

«We hear a rather strange comments from Constantinople in the last days. These comments often did not correlate with the steps that have already been made. For example, when the representative of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, says about the opportunity to solve everything peacefully, nor in any way causing the split, is not very clear, why, then, committed a direct violation of the canons. And why the Ecumenical Patriarchate thinks that does not follow the reaction from the Russian Church? Definitely will follow,» — said Legoyda.

According to him, on passing the point of no return we can talk only when they committed the action. «But we don’t see reaction to the statement of the Holy Synod of the Russian Church from the 8th of September. This does not contribute to calm the situation. Today will pass extraordinary session of our Synod. Wait for its decisions», — said the Agency interlocutor.

Legoyda noted that he is surprised by the position of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, who said about the letter of the Patriarch Dionysius the Second from 1686, allegedly transferred the Kyivan Metropolitanate in the temporary administration of the Moscow Patriarch. «The only «argument» from what I heard that concerned those events was one that the Metropolitan of Kiev should commemorate the Patriarch of Constantinople. But it’s a symbolic expression, a tribute, order of honor, if you will. The commemoration of the primates of the other churches is not an indication of their power. But even if we assume that this is so – although not, in such matters Canon law says about the Statute of limitations. He is 30 years. But not quite 300″, — said the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church.

In his opinion, «whatever may be said of alarmists, whatever telegram channels whatever you throw, say, almost half of the clergy of the UOC dreams of autocephaly is not so.» «The Ukrainian flock loves and honors its Primate – his Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry, loves and honors their Patriarch his Holiness Kirill. And she’s not expecting any autocephaly» — said Legoyda.

He fears that if implemented the line with the legalization of the schism, then with very high probability this will lead to the aggravation of the situation in Ukraine.

«Because in a situation where dissenters are not recognized by anyone, in just four years, more than 40 churches have been selected from the canonical Church. And if there is a structure, which will receive a mandate from Constantinople, and will officially lay claim to all Orthodox churches in Ukraine, where will this lead? Whatever wrote psevdoanalitiki about the violent desire of all believers to immediately gain autocephaly, we know the mood of others. And people temples will not give up. Will not betray their faith and the Church,» — said Legoyda.

«What if there is some of the Kyiv Metropolitanate, subordinate to Constantinople? As a first step… And then the Archdiocese will receive autocephaly. But this «later» can last for years. Or century», — said the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Last Friday, 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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