Lukashenko said that Belarus will do everything to preserve the unity of Orthodoxy

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President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko stated that the Republic will do everything to preserve the unity of Orthodoxy and will not allow their separation.

The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church on Monday will be held in Minsk under the chairmanship of Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill, his main subject is the assessment of the actions of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in Ukraine and the development of response measures of the Russian Orthodox Church.

«I must assure you, whatever the situation, we will do everything to Belarus was never antagonistic sentiments not only of religions, (but) God forbid — between us, Orthodox people. We will do everything to ensure that we are strengthened and our state, and our people in the Orthodox faith», — Lukashenka said Monday in Minsk while meeting with members of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Synod of the Belarusian Orthodox Church.

Lukashenka stressed that «schism (Orthodoxy — ed.) — it’s not about us.» «I’m sure we do to keep our unity,» he added.

The Belarusian President noted that «in recent years… from Ukraine different circles in different directions, and we can’t see, especially in Belarus.» «I know you not easy, the Ministers of the Church, because you are the rulers of the hearts of men, superior in spirituality… Reason (problem — ed) that you often have to understand all of us — «the sovereign people». We are sometimes the reason or the fact that speeds up processes, including the negative. Perhaps it is time for us to apologize for what is happening today in the Orthodox world in which we live,» added the President.

How, in your opinion, should respond to the Russian Orthodox Church to the decisions of Constantinople in Ukraine?

  • Should immediately sever all contacts with the Ecumenical Patriarchate
  • We need to wait for the final solution of the issue of autocephaly
  • ROC should attempt to resolve the dispute by diplomatic means
  • Do not follow the situation

Results

  • 51.1%

    Should immediately sever all contacts with the Ecumenical Patriarchate

  • 20.7%

    We need to wait for the final solution of the issue of autocephaly

  • 15.0%

    ROC should attempt to resolve the dispute by diplomatic means

  • 13.2%

    Do not follow the situation

All опросыГолосоватьКонстантинопольский Patriarchate took the decision 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.

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