Yakushev: the Patriarchate of Constantinople was a blow to his allies

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The dismantling of the Patriarchate of Constantinople Exarchate of Russian parishes in Western Europe can be attributed to its policy of granting autocephaly to the Church in Ukraine, said Vice-President of the Foundation of St. Basil the Great orientalist Mikhail Yakushev.

The Synod of the Church of Constantinople, held 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 the Exarchate said it had not yet received official notification about this and added that with this question to Patriarchy was not addressed in any prior consultations did not participate.

«The decision absolute surprise to everyone. Including, I think, and in the Phanar (the residence of the Patriarch of Constantinople) many people who ask this question, and especially in the Russian Orthodox Church and in the parishes of the Russian tradition. What it in fact can be associated, remains only to guess,» said Yakushev.

«This may be a preliminary step preceding any further step Fanara in relation to the provision or non-provision of the Autocephalous Church in Ukraine», — said the source.

Constantinople here «strikes like his allies, his brothers», he said. In his opinion, the reason can be simply «hostility to Slavic or even Russian element», which has reached a critical point, we can go about trying to «subordinate the authority of the Greek bishops of the» Russian-speaking parishes of Constantinople.

However, these actions added Yakushev, are contrary to the idea of Christianity of the equality of all nationalities, expressed in the famous words of the Apostle Paul that «in Christ there is neither Greek nor Jew.»

He believes that abolished the parishes of the Exarchate, most likely, will not agree with this decision and begin the confrontation. «They can go to secular courts to solve their problem through the courts. Here Fanara it turns out the aggravation of relations with their fellows, allies, that shows that all is not well in the Kingdom,» said Yakushev.

In this regard, he cited the opinion of one of the clergy of the Russian Church that «Fanar ofonarel»: «to explain all his actions logically impossible» and «much more politics than the Church and the religious factor».

Speaking about the future of the parishes of the former Exarchate already, the Vice-President of the Foundation of St. Basil the Great expressed the opinion that «if they return to the bosom of their mother Church, the Moscow Patriarchate, then it would be a good signal.»