In ROCOR told about the consequences of the establishment of autocephaly in Ukraine

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in photobacteria of ROCOR, Metropolitan of Eastern America and new York Hilarion. Archival photoIn ROCOR told about the consequences of the establishment of autocephaly in Ukraine© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator the image Bank

The establishment of autocephaly in Ukraine may lead to the isolation of Constantinople from many Orthodox churches, said in an interview with RIA Novosti, the first Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church abroad (ROCOR), Metropolitan Hilarion.

The Synod of the Russian Church on Friday went to the actual «break diplomatic relations» with the Patriarchate of Constantinople after he was appointed its Exarch to Ukraine is a canonical territory of the Moscow Patriarchate. In particular, it decided to cease commemoration of the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I during the Patriarch’s divine services in and out of structures, where preside the representatives of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. Relations of the Russian Church with Constantinople was in this crisis only once in its entire over 1000 year history.

«Some churches but not all. I’m sure the Greeks in various local churches may not break up with them. However, many others can follow the ROC. This will depend on the decisions of the local churches about what they should do,» said Hilarion, answering the question of whether the establishment of autocephaly to lead to the isolation of Constantinople from the Orthodox world.

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is 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. The Patriarchate of Constantinople had previously reported that «in preparation for the granting of autocephaly» 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.

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