ROC gave advice to the congregation abolished «the Russian Exarchate»

© Photo : personal arkhivatory Deputy Chairman of the Synodal Department for Church and society and the media Alexander Shchipkov. Archive photoROC gave advice to the congregation abolished «the Russian Exarchate»© Photo : from personal archive

The Russian parishes of the Western European Exarchate of Constantinople abolished by a Synod, should return to the Russian Orthodox Church or the Russian Orthodox Church abroad (ROCOR), as it previously did, the parish Church of the Nativity in Florence, believes the first Deputy Chairman of the Synodal Department for Church and society and the media of the Moscow Patriarchate Alexander Shchipkov.

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.

«I think that, in General, they would have to return to the mother Church with their parishes, as it did recently, about a month ago, the Church of the Nativity in Florence, who joined ROCOR (the self-governing Church within the Moscow Patriarchate — ed.), refusing to be in subjection to the Patriarch Bartholomew,» said Tweaks in the TV channel «Spas».

Commenting on the decision of the Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople to abolish the Exarchate, he suggested that, «maybe Fanar was afraid that all the parishes will leave.» «It is difficult to say what motivated them, but I think first and foremost is the dismissive attitude to Russian within their jurisdiction,» — said the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church.

He drew attention to the fact that the Western European Exarchate of Russian parishes there were «clearly in favor of Patriarch Bartholomew, in favor of the decisions of their Patriarch.» «And now, during the Synod, Patriarch Bartholomew gave them a slap, or a slap, spit in their direction», — said the Deputy head of the Synodal Department.

Initially, the 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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