The inter-parliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy called the purpose of the meeting with Bartholomew

© AFP 2018 / Ozan Counselingi the Patriarch, the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Constantinople Bartholomew I. Archival photoThe inter-parliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy called the purpose of the meeting with Bartholomew© 2018 AFP / Ozan Kose

The delegation of the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (IAO) came to the world in Istanbul and try to remind Patriarch Bartholomew and the members of the Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople about the shared responsibility for the fate of the Orthodox people, told RIA Novosti before the meeting, the President of the IAP, the Deputy of the state Duma of the Russian Federation Sergey Gavrilov.

«There is still time to stop and go mode in a Frank, friendly, peaceful dialogue. We arrived with the world, to share our vision of the situation and to draw attention to our shared responsibility to thousands of years of Christianity, before God, before the fate of our Orthodox peoples», — said Gavrilov.

According to him, the meeting with the representatives of map, uniting the parliaments of the Orthodox countries, was planned six months ago.

«As our situation changes, we would like not only to tell about the activities of the Russian Parliament and parliaments in the world, about our legislation, which is aimed at strengthening the Union of the family, Orthodox Christian values, but Express concern about the terrible rift that threatens Ukraine, and the possible consequences of thoughtless actions as the leadership of Ukraine and Constantinople. We believe that the consequences can be dangerous not only for Ukrainian people, but all of this can lead to shock for the whole of Ecumenical Orthodoxy, for every local Church», — said Gavrilov.

«I think in this sense the ideas of many initiators (autocephaly ed.), especially overseas, to blow up the unity of Christianity, to suppress it, reduce the credibility of Christianity, of Orthodoxy in the modern world,» he added.

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, which date is not appointed yet. This canonical UOC said that is not going to participate in this event.

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 ROC I 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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