The Romanian Church called the Russian Orthodox Church and Constantinople to resolve the situation in Ukraine

© AFP 2018 / Ozan Conlmittee of the Patriarchate of Constantinople from the Holy Trinity Church in Istanbul. Archival photoThe Romanian Church called the Russian Orthodox Church and Constantinople to resolve the situation in Ukraine© 2018 AFP / Ozan Kose

The Romanian Orthodox Church addressed to the Constantinople and Moscow Patriarchates, urging them to find a common solution of the situation with autocephaly for Ukraine.

«Given the development of the ecclesiastical situation in Ukraine, the Holy Synod reiterates the recommendation of may 24, 2018, that the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Patriarchate of Moscow should work together to come to solution, maintaining the unity of the faith and of the administrative-pastoral freedom trail, which is a characteristic note of Orthodoxy», — said the press service of the Patriarchate of Romania, published on Friday following the meeting of the Synod.

The Romanian Orthodox Church stresses that unity can be maintained through mutual responsibility and cooperation among the local Orthodox churches, as well as by promoting dialogue and «synodality».

«The unity of the Church is a sacred gift of God, but also a great responsibility of bishops, the priesthood and the faithful laity. Therefore, the Holy Synod calls for an increase of prayers for the unity, to the cultivation of dialogue and the application of Christian brotherly love, which gives true freedom», — is spoken in the message.

Because of the decision of Constantinople to begin providing non-canonical autocephaly churches in Ukraine, which the Russian Orthodox Church is called the schism, the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church on 15 October announced the severance of communication with the Patriarchate of Constantinople on the canonical territory of the ROC, including Ukraine and Belarus. The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has called canonically void, and saw politics in the abolition of Constantinople by the act of 1686 on the transfer of the Kyiv Metropolitanate to the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate. Metropolitan Hilarion said that Constantinople lost its right to be called the coordinating centre of Orthodoxy. In the Russian Orthodox Church hope that Constantinople will change the decision to give the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church, and before that he will be in schism.

Representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church has previously said that none of the local churches does not support the project of Ukrainian autocephaly.

The Belarusian Orthodox Church urged Constantinople to suspend the granting of autocephaly to Ukraine. The Georgian Orthodox Church (GOC) has announced that it will refrain from hasty assessments, and the Church the problem in the Ukraine have to decide first of all Moscow and Constantinople. Bishop of the Serbian Orthodox Church Metropolitan Bishop Irenaeus (Bulovic) stated that the unilateral granting of autocephaly by the Patriarchate of Constantinople in Ukraine will destroy the unity of the Orthodox world, while the claims of Constantinople to absolute preeminence in all Orthodox world «is accomplished not stand up to scrutiny».

The Romanian Church called the Russian Orthodox Church and Constantinople to resolve the situation in Ukraine© RIA Novosti / Vitaly Policypro Autocephalous

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