Patriarch Bartholomew had exceeded its authority, said the head of the Russian Orthodox Church

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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has exceeded his authority and «claims to be unusual for an Orthodox Bishop of the Ecumenical power,» said the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill.

«Today, when the Patriarch of Constantinople claims to be unusual for an Orthodox Bishop of the Ecumenical power, we stand on the side of truth, on the side of Orthodoxy. And we will firmly keep our Orthodox canons, our faith,» said Patriarch Kirill for brotherly meal at the Trinity-Sergius Lavra. His words leads on Tuesday, the website of the Russian Orthodox Church.

The Patriarch added that we need to pray that the forced separation from the Patriarchate of Constantinople, in which the Russian Orthodox Church went from its illegal actions in Ukraine «did not become a division for the ages, as it happened in the XI century, when the claims of the Bishop of Rome’s universal power turned into a single division of the Church.»

«We hope that by the grace of God and the whole of the Universal Orthodox Church will pass through the current temptation. But our main task is not to waver and not lose the purity of Orthodoxy», — said the Patriarch.

The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church said that today it is the ordinary people defend the unity of the canonical Church.

«I know how bravely they defend this unity, as they guard their temples, as they resist the attempts to capture as they fight literally on the front line, and not just for the unity of our Church, but for the purity of Orthodoxy. It is remarkable that all the bishops of the Ukrainian Church is United around, his Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry, stands firmly on these positions. Today, we are the world the same hardness, the same unity that showed the world our Russian Orthodox Church after the terrible events of 1917», — said the Patriarch.

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is trying to achieve recognition of non-canonical religious structures and of establishing a local Autocephalous Church in Ukraine, though, and promised not to interfere in the Affairs of the Church. Earlier, the Patriarchate of Constantinople «in preparation for the granting of autocephaly» was appointed its Exarch in Kyiv. In addition, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has stated that it intends to provide Ukraine Autocephalous. In the UOC called such actions by invading the canonical territory of other local churches and called on Patriarch Bartholomew to stop meddling and «exarchs» of the Patriarchate of Constantinople to leave Kiev.

The Russian Orthodox Church, in turn, went to the actual «break diplomatic relations» with the Patriarchate of Constantinople. The Synod of the Russian Church announced a cease commemoration of Patriarch Bartholomew during the Patriarch’s divine services. In addition, a decision was made to exit from the structures, which is chaired by the representatives of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church with Constantinople was in this crisis only once in all its more than thousand-year history.

The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Synod of bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church abroad, the Holy Synod of the UOC has suspended the service with the bishops of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. In the Russian Orthodox Church noted that none of the local churches does not support the project of Ukrainian autocephaly.Patriarch Bartholomew had exceeded its authority, said the head of the Russian Orthodox Church© RIA Novosti / Vitaly Policypro Autocephalous

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