Prince Trubetskoy called «Russian Exarchate» in Europe, go to the ROC

© AFP 2018 / Ozan Conlmittee of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. Archival photoPrince Trubetskoy called «Russian Exarchate» in Europe, go to the ROC© 2018 AFP / Ozan Kose

Parishioners abolished by Constantinople of the Western European Exarchate of Russian parishes are now at a loss, and it is hoped that these communities have «the courage» to ask about their acceptance to the jurisdiction of the Russian Church abroad or directly to the Russian Orthodox Church told RIA Novosti Prince Alexander Trubetskoy.

Earlier, the Synod of the Church of Constantinople decided to dissolve the Western European Exarchate of Russian parishes. In the return statement of the Council of the Archdiocese of Russian Orthodox churches in Western Europe it was said that the Archbishop Mariupolski John will continue to lead the Exarchate to conduct a pastoral meeting on 15 December and the subsequent General Assembly of the Archdiocese, which will be decided line of conduct abolished the Exarchate.

«The Western European Exarchate and haven’t been able to do anything without the approval of Constantinople. And now Constantinople, unfortunately, fallen into some form of heresy — «heresy of papism», simply moved to the next stage – he even abolished the Exarchate. How to be missing receipts? Now there is commotion. I see, and I write that people are confused,» said Prince troubetzkoy, who is a member of the house Church of SS Constantine and Helena (ROC) in the Paris suburb of Clamart. The temple is closely associated with the native Prince Trubetskoy, was built by the Russian emigration in 1924.

According to him, members have several options in addition to preservation under the control of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, it is the transition to the jurisdiction of self-governing Russian Orthodox Church abroad (ROCA), or directly to the Moscow Patriarchate. «Now the parishes of the former Exarchate need to make a decision – or completely «under the paw» of Constantinople, with all the consequences that we are now seeing, including in Ukraine, or to find the courage to return to the bosom of the mother Church,» — said the Agency interlocutor.

Trubetskoy reminded that Paris is the Korsun diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church, which, according to him, «manages Vladika Nestor, a very open man». «If the parishes ask him, then, of course, will start the procedure to take them to the Moscow Patriarchate. This, incidentally, has been done recently in Florence, and many years ago it was made by our parish in the suburbs of Paris, when we, the parishioners decided to leave the bosom of mother Church,» said the Prince.

Another option, he added, is a shift in the ROCOR, in the case of «if the parishioners want to preserve the traditions of emigration,» which, according to Trubetskoy, «in General, it does not change anything in the end, it’s still Russian Orthodox Church.» «I very much hope that our parishes in Europe, not only in France, will have enough courage to make finally take this step. This step was made in 1990-ies», — concluded the Russian Parisian.

Initially, the Western European Exarchate included the parishes formed mainly by refugees from Russia after the civil war. In the 1920-ies, according to the decree of Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Tikhon, these communities were under the control of Metropolitan Evlogy in the jurisdiction of the Russian Church and was called the «Western diocese» (or «Western metropolis») with headquarters in Paris.

In 1930, Metropolitan Evlogy in the plight of the Church in the Soviet Union announced the «temporary interruption» of relations with the hierarchy of the ROC and voluntarily addressed a petition to the Patriarch of Constantinople about the transition in its jurisdiction, which in 1931 by the Patriarch Photios II was granted. A few parishes of the Russian Diaspora has remained faithful to the Moscow Patriarchate.

Informed 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 declared the break of communion 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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