© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich in photovacation of Moscow and all Russia Kirill. Archival photo© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich the image Bank
The sole right of the Ecumenical Patriarch to convene a pan-Orthodox councils, what she wants, has no basis in the canons of the Church, said the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill.
«The Patriarch of Constantinople autocratic, without any reliance on the canons arrogated to themselves the right to convene an Ecumenical Council. Nowhere does it say that he has such right», — the Patriarch has told, answering questions of participants of the VIII international festival of Orthodox media «Faith and word».
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.
The Eucharistic communion makes it impossible for all of the clergy of the Russian Orthodox Church to serve together with the hierarchs and clergy of the Church of Constantinople, and for the laity – participate in the ordinances performed in her temples.
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