The Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church decided to stop to commemorate the Primate of the Church of Constantinople Patriarch Bartholomew during the divine service.
This decision was taken at the extraordinary meeting of the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church on Friday, September 14.
“The Synod took the decision to suspend commemoration of the Patriarch of Constantinople during the Liturgy of the Russian Orthodox Church”, — said journalists the Chairman of the Department for external Church relations of the ROC Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.
The decision does not mean Eucharistic communion between the Moscow and Fanara, but the ROC has decided to stop concelebration with the hierarchs of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and will not participate in the work of the bodies headed by representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
In this case, the ROC has decided to initiate a pan-Orthodox Council to discuss the Ukrainian question.
“We also appealed in its statement to the primates, the heads of the local Orthodox churches, urging them to initiate a pan-Orthodox discussion of the situation in Ukraine,” said Hilarion.
In 2016, the Russian Church has ignored for the first 1200 years of the pan-Orthodox Council. Also didn’t the Antiochian, Georgian, Serbian and Bulgarian Orthodox churches.
On the agenda of the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church on 14 September there was only one question: reaction to the decision of the Patriarchate of Constantinople about the direction in Ukraine their exarchs.
The Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate Onufry, which is included in the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, participated in it by video link.
“Indeed, both the so-called Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarch arrived in Ukraine. One appointed to lead the negotiation process with the party Patriarch Filaret, the other side of the Metropolitan Macarius, the head of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church,” the Metropolitan said.
“We’ve never met and do not intend to meet, because they came here without our blessings. As representatives of the canonical Church in Ukraine, we have to communicate with them will not, well, the way things are going, we will follow”, — quotes the letter to the press service of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Recall that the Ecumenical (Constantinople) Patriarchate on 7 September in preparation for the granting of autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine has appointed its Exarch in Kyiv. The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, which considers Ukraine its canonical territory, in response, expressed “strong protest and outrage” and said that the actions of the Church of Constantinople “is in flagrant violation of Church canons”.