ROC did not rule out a break in ecclesiastical communion with Constantinople

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in fotosexverhalen at the divine Liturgy. Archival photoROC did not rule out a break in ecclesiastical communion with Constantinople© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator the image Bank

. ROC stop participating 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 service together with the hierarchs of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. Clarifies that this includes «the Episcopal Assembly in the so-called Diaspora and theological dialogues».

Representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church announced the decision to cease commemoration of the Patriarch during the Liturgy in the Russian Orthodox Church.

The cessation of commemoration means that the Patriarch of Moscow will cease to pray for Bartholomew during the divine Liturgy, refusing to say his name. According to the Patriarchal rite of the Liturgy, during the ceremony several times by name to pray for the primates of all local Orthodox churches in the world. The ROC recognizes fifteen such churches in the world, with Constantinople because of the historical tradition comes first in their list.

However, the Russian Orthodox Church stress that we are at the moment of the complete rupture of relations is not.

«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.

The Chairman of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, in contrast, compare this solution with the rupture of diplomatic relations.

The ROC noted that further steps will depend on Constantinople. Metropolitan Hilarion admitted that the ROC will have to break off relations with the Patriarchate of Constantinople in case «they will bring their dirty work to the end.»

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

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.

In Kiev, intend to achieve recognition of non-canonical religious structures to create one local Autocephalous Church in Ukraine outside the framework of the UOC. 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 ROC took this decision with conviction, expressing 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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