Tolstoy told what the result of the decision of Constantinople

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenkova in fotomonster Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Pyotr Tolstoy. Archival photoTolstoy told what the result of the decision of Constantinople© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenkova the image Bank

Patriarch Bartholomew is not the Supreme Orthodox Patriarch, like the Pope for Catholics, and has no right to interfere in the Affairs of the ROC, the decision of the Patriarchate of Constantinople could lead to direct clashes believers of Ukraine for the temples, said Vice-speaker of the state Duma Pyotr Tolstoy.

The Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople has previously stated that it has started the granting of autocephaly churches in Ukraine. It also adopted a decision on the removal of the anathema with the heads of the two non-canonical Church structures in Ukraine — a self-proclaimed «Patriarch» Filaret Denisenko, anathematized by the Russian Orthodox Church in 1997, and Macarius of Maletich (Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church). Constantinople also declared their rights to Ukraine and annulled the obligation of historical writing in 1686, which gave the right of Moscow Patriarch to appoint Metropolitan of Kiev.

«Patriarch Bartholomew is not the Pope, as he thinks. He is not the Supreme Patriarch of all the Orthodox. Accordingly, he has no right to interfere in the Affairs of the Russian Orthodox Church that exists today in Russia, Ukraine and other States that historically was part of Russia… Yesterday several decisions were made that, in my opinion, will have far-reaching implications in the relationship between longline Orthodox Church and Patriarch Bartholomew, and in Ukraine for different parts of Ukrainian Orthodoxy,» said Tolstoy at the meeting with the Turkish delegation, arrived in Russia in the framework of the Russian-Turkish public forum.

«We are concerned that these decisions will have tragic consequences for Ukraine. Will start a direct war for temples, direct collision, is fraught with bloodshed, because the people of faith of the most determined, the most firmly defend their faith and the opportunity to go to those churches they used to go,» added the MP.

In his opinion, the Patriarch is absolutely incompetent lifted the anathema, which he not imposed, dissenters within the Ukrainian Orthodoxy. In addition, according to the Deputy, this decision is an attempt to violate the identity and integrity of the Russian world, and an attempt made «frankly, for the money of foreign countries.»

Earlier in the Russian Orthodox Church has called the decision of the Synod the legalization of the secession and stated that they will cause catastrophic damage, touching the lives of millions of people not only in Ukraine but throughout the Orthodox world. Communication with Constantinople schismatics destroys the canonical Orthodoxy, the absurdity of the lifting of the anathema with Filaret obvious, said press Secretary of the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill.

UOC, in turn, did not rule out a break communion with Constantinople and the imposition of an anathema on the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew, noting that he believes the decision of Constantinople for the Ukrainian non-canonical churches, deeply hostile act and interference in the Affairs of the local Church.

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