Constantinople confirmed the reports on the dissolution of the Exarchate of Russian parishes in Europe

© AFP 2018 / Ozan Conlmittee of the Patriarchate of Constantinople from the Holy Trinity Church in Istanbul. Archival photoConstantinople confirmed the reports on the dissolution of the Exarchate of Russian parishes in Europe© 2018 AFP / Ozan Kose

The Patriarchate of Constantinople officially confirmed the dissolution of the Exarchate of Russian parishes in Europe.

The Patriarchate of Constantinople during the Synod of the Constantinople Church, which takes place in Istanbul from 27 to 29 November, decided to dissolve the Western European Exarchate of Russian parishes. The decision is annulled by the Patriarchal Tomos of 1999. In turn, the Exarchate said it had not yet received official notification about this, stressing that the matter to Patriarchy was not addressed, and did not participate in any prior consultations.

According to the statement of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, the decision to dissolve the Western European Exarchate of Russian parishes «responsible pastoral and spiritual needs of our time», and the purpose of this solution is «strengthening the ties of traditional Russian parishes with the Church of the Patriarchate of Constantinople».

«The Patriarchate of Constantinople decided to join the (Russian) parishes to the various metropolises of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in the countries where they are», — said in a statement. The document clarifies that the Constantinople Patriarchate «will continue to guarantee respect for the liturgical and spiritual traditions» of the Russian parishes.

Earlier it was reported that the Synod intends to discuss the issue of granting autocephaly to Ukraine. This arrived in Istanbul Advisor to the President of Ukraine Rostyslav Pavlenko, despite the fact that Petro Poroshenko previously promised that neither he nor the government will not interfere in the Affairs of the Church. Pavlenko plans to participate in the final editing or approval of the text of the Tomos, which the authorities in Kiev and the non-canonical Church structure in Ukraine, expect to receive before the end of the year.

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.

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