The ROC declared a «legalization of the schism» the Ecumenical Patriarchate

© RIA Novosti / Alexey Myjeeves-secterary of the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill, the priest of Alexander Volkov. Archival photoThe ROC declared a «legalization of the schism» the Ecumenical Patriarchate© RIA Novosti / Alexey Mikheev

The Patriarchate of Constantinople took on Thursday of «disastrous decisions for themselves and for the world of Orthodoxy», said press Secretary of the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill, the priest of Alexander Volkov.

The wolves in the TV channel «Spas» noted that we are talking about the «actual split» of the Church.

«A half-step to catastrophe»

Patriarch Bartholomew his recognition of Raskolnikov «crossed the red line», said the head of the Synodal Department for Church and society and the media Vladimir Legoyda.

The priest stressed that the «canonical solution» of Constantinople affected the lives of millions of believers, both in Ukraine and in the whole Orthodox world, and called the actions of the Patriarchate of Constantinople «to undermine the foundations of the canonical order of the whole of Orthodoxy.»

He noted that Orthodox believers are now «a step away from some extremely, at least, of the dramatic consequences.» This — «clearly,» said Legoyda.

Unprecedented in the history of interference

The decision of the Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in Ukraine was unprecedented in the history of the intervention of one national Church in the Affairs of another, said the TV channel «Russia 24» Alexander Volkov.

«There was no precedent in world history to Constantinople so blatantly and aggressively intervened in the Affairs of another Orthodox Church,» he said.

The priest also explained that all local churches are equal.

Thursday, 11 October, the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate decided to remove the anathema of self-proclaimed «Patriarch» Filaret Denisenko and Macarius of Maletich (Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church), which was imposed by the ROC. In addition, the members of the Synod decided to give both churches the status of canonical.

Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko stressed that the Ecumenical Patriarchate has decided to create in Ukraine of a single local Church. The head of state believes that in this way Kiev succeeded in obtaining his own independent Church.

Attempts to create a local Orthodox Church independent from the Moscow Patriarchate, the Ukrainian authorities have taken since 1991. After a coup in Ukraine in February 2014, the new government stepped up its campaign for the autocephaly.

The country currently has one of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which is a self-governing Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, and two unrecognized by the world Orthodox Church structures — the Kyiv Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.

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