The ROC does not exclude the possibility of a pan-Orthodox meeting on the topic of Ukrainian autocephaly

© RIA Novosti / Gennady Malnicherra Hilarion of Volokolamsk. Archival photoThe ROC does not exclude the possibility of a pan-Orthodox meeting on the topic of Ukrainian autocephaly© RIA Novosti / Gennady Melnik

A number of local churches have already called for the holding of the pan-Orthodox meeting on the question of action of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in Ukraine, said on Wednesday the head of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, speaking about the reaction of churches to the letter of Patriarch Kirill and commenting on the prospect of convening an inter-Orthodox meeting.

Earlier Patriarch Kirill sent a letter to all primates of the local Orthodox churches, in which he outlined his vision of the Russian Church for the situation with the attempts of the Patriarchate of Constantinople to prepare the autocephaly of the Church in Ukraine, and also pointed out the feasibility of a pan-Orthodox discussion of the topic.

«The response comes different. Some churches publicly supported the convening of such a pan-Orthodox meetings, some churches took a break. But I have not seen any statement from the local churches in support of unilateral acts of Constantinople, announced and implemented by the Constantinople party without the consent of the local Orthodox churches,» said Metropolitan Hilarion reporters on the sidelines of a summit of religious leaders.

So, for convening pan-Orthodox meeting called the Synod of the Patriarchate of Antioch, Metropolitan of Warsaw and all Poland Savva, the hierarchs of the Bulgarian Church.

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.

© RIA Novosti / Vitaly Policypro AutocephalousThe ROC does not exclude the possibility of a pan-Orthodox meeting on the topic of Ukrainian autocephaly© RIA Novosti / Vitaly Policypro Autocephalous

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.

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