The ROC refused to work under the chairmanship of Constantinople

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The Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church at its emergency meeting decided to cease commemoration of the Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople in the divine services of the Russian Orthodox Church, Chairman of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.

«We have also decided to suspend the concelebration with the hierarchs of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, to suspend our participation in all structures in which the presiding co-chair or representatives of the Patriarchate of Constantinople,» — said Metropolitan Hilarion.

The head of the Department for external Church relations, said that this decision means the Episcopal Assembly and theological dialogues.

According to Metropolitan Hilarion, in secular life with the decision of the Synod can be mapped to the severance of diplomatic relations.

He stressed that the future decisions 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.

Press Secretary of the Patriarch Alexander Volkov explained that Eucharistic communion between churches at the moment is not interrupted, that is, the clergy of the Patriarchate of Constantinople and the Russian Orthodox Church can do joint worship.

The Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church called on the primates of other local churches to start Church pan-Orthodox discussion of the situation in Ukraine. Only the world’s 15 Orthodox churches.

«Almost every time, when the Russian Orthodox Church found themselves in difficult circumstances, instead of fraternal assistance, instead of solidarity we received from the Patriarchate of Constantinople shocks in the back,» said Metropolitan Hilarion.

Constantinople may lose its canonical territory

In the case of Eucharistic communion, the Russian Orthodox Church can open a Church on the canonical territory of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, the Chairman of Byzantine club «Katechon» at the Institute of philosophy, RAS Arkady Maler.

«We reserve the right to open their parishes on its canonical territory, that is, in Turkey, Northern Greece, the Aegean Islands and where we want. Because for us, this Church would cease to be the Church in the strict sense of the word,» said Mahler RIA Novosti.
The Kremlin does not interfere

Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin is watching the development of events at the meeting of the Synod, but to intervene in Church Affairs by the state.

«Of course, the Kremlin watching this event. Of course, the alarming information that comes about, say, possible solutions to the attitude of the Church in Ukraine, of course, a cause for concern. But however, the questions of inter-Church dialogue, it’s a Church, surely, the state can not interfere in them. For Moscow and the entire Orthodox world only the preferred scenario is preservation of the unity of the Orthodox world», — said Peskov.

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.

Opening the meeting of the Synod, the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill compared the appointment of the Constantinople of his exarchs in Ukraine with the actions of the Patriarchate in the 20-ies of XX century.

«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.

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