The Polish Orthodox Church forbade priests contacts with the Kiev dissenters

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in fotoreceptori of Warsaw and all Poland Sawa. Archival photoThe Polish Orthodox Church forbade priests contacts with the Kiev dissenters© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator the image Bank

The Polish Autocephalous Orthodox Church forbade its priests to come into contact with the priests of the unrecognized Kiev Patriarchate, said in a statement on the results of the Council of bishops released on Friday.

Previously the hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church condemned the actions of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in Ukraine, recognition of heads of Ukrainian schismatics Filaret Denisenko and Macarius of Miletich and urged to convene a pan-Orthodox Council on the issues of granting autocephaly.

«November 15 under the chairmanship of the head of the Polish Orthodox Church, Metropolitan of Warsaw and all Poland Savva was held the Council of bishops of the Polish Autocephalous Orthodox Church. The bishops got acquainted with the documents sent from the Ecumenical Patriarchate for administrative Affairs», — is spoken in the message.

«The Holy Council of bishops forbids clergy of the Polish Autocephalous Orthodox Church to come into contact with «priests» so-called «Kiev Patriarchate» and the so-called «Autocephalous Church», which in the current work did a lot of evil,» the message reads.

The Council of bishops, «caring about the welfare of the entire Holy Orthodox Church… reiterates its call together, in the spirit of the gospel of love, humility and understanding, while maintaining a dogmatic teaching, mutual respect to bring to a peaceful solution of the issues of the separation of Orthodoxy on the Ukrainian land.»

The bishops noted that «persons deprived of their ordination as Bishop and the priesthood, can’t be leaders for peace in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.» «Their actions provoke even more chaos and disorder», — stated in the message.

«Only adherence to the dogmatic and canonical norms of the Church and the preservation of ancient traditions will protect the Orthodoxy of the complex ecclesial consequences on an international scale», — stated 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.

The authorities in Kiev and non-canonical Church structure in Ukraine hope till the end of the year to receive the Tomos of autocephaly from Constantinople, but Tomos can get only the Primate of the «United» Church, it needs to select on the «unification Council» of the Orthodox churches in Ukraine. This canonical UOC said that is not going to participate in this event. The Synod of the canonical Ukrainian Church Cathedral and its bishops have declared the illegality of the interference of Constantinople in the internal Affairs of another local Church, but also that attempts to solve the Ukrainian Church question with the participation of public authorities and schismatics is invalid.

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