Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church: the Vatican against interfering in the situation in the Orthodox world

© Photo : Margarita Julianisabelt Hilarion at the press approach in the Crocus city HallHierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church: the Vatican against interfering in the situation in the Orthodox world© Photo : Margarita Ivlev

The Vatican is against any external intervention in the current due to anticanonically actions of Constantinople the situation in the Orthodox world, said the Chairman of the Department for external Church relations (DECR) of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.

«We are convinced that the situation in the Orthodox world because of anticanonicity of action of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, can and should decide the Cathedral by the local Orthodox Church without any foreign interference. I have no doubt that in the Vatican are of the same opinion», — said Metropolitan Hilarion in his interview to RIA Novosti on the results of his meetings with Pope Francis and cardinal Kurt Koch.

Responding to a question about whether it is possible to say that the dialogue and cooperation with Catholics today is more successful than with the Constantinople Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion remarked that not right «to compare the issues of inter-Orthodox cooperation and the theme of relations with non-Orthodox churches, including the Roman Catholic Church» because «it’s all the different levels of interaction».

«At the same time, the new situation in the Orthodox world, of course, will have a certain impact on the course of Orthodox-Catholic dialogue. In connection with the actions of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, the Russian Orthodox Church forced to suspend participation in the work of the Mixed international Commission for theological dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church», — said the Agency interlocutor.

However, he added that bilateral relations between the Moscow Patriarchate and the Roman Catholic Church will continue to thrive. Speech, in particular, on cooperation in the field of culture and in the field of student exchange.

«In an interview with the Pope on October 19 was discussed in General and the theme of the Church situation in Ukraine. I presented Pope Francis with the decisions of our Synod, which became a reaction to the steps of Constantinople in recognition of the leaders of the Ukrainian division and the invasion of our Church limits», — said Metropolitan Hilarion.

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 Synod 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 earlier 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.