The Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church will respond to the actions of Constantinople to adequately and rigidly

© AFP 2018 / Ozan Couplesteacher Orthodox Church of Constantinople Bartholomew I. Archival photoThe Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church will respond to the actions of Constantinople to adequately and rigidly© 2018 AFP / Ozan Kose

The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church at a meeting in Minsk on 15 October will give «adequate and tough response» to the recent decision of the Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in Ukraine, said on Saturday the press Secretary of Patriarch Kirill, the priest of Alexander Volkov.

«The response of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church to be adequate and tough,» said Volkov.

The Patriarchate of Constantinople decided to proceed with the granting of autocephaly churches in Ukraine, and to immediately restore the stavropegic (office, directly subordinate to the Patriarch of Constantinople) in Kiev. Constantinople also decided to cancel the anathema and all prohibitions imposed by the Orthodox Church at the head of the self-proclaimed «Kiev Patriarchate» Filaret, and restore it, and also the leader of another non — canonical structure-the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC) Macarius and their followers in the Church rights and dignity. And their flock — «to restore to communion with the Church.» Thus, Constantinople was first recognized as legitimate schismatic Church structures in Ukraine. In addition, the Patriarchate of Constantinople has actually said about their rights in Ukraine, withdrawing legal obligations historical writing in 1686 on the transfer to the Moscow Patriarch the right to appoint the Metropolitan of Kiev, who was elected Cathedral of his diocese.

ROC 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.