Orthodox Church of the Nativity and Saint Nicholas in Florence
A prohibition imposed on the Ministry of the rector and the clergyman of the Church of the Nativity and of St. Nicholas, who joined the ROCOR.
Archdiocese of Russian Orthodox Churches in Western Europe (Exarchate of the Patriarchate of Constantinople) banned in the service of the clergy of Florence for refusal to commemorate during the Liturgy Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople. This is stated in a communiqué published on the website of the Archdiocese.
“We inform the clergy and the fullness of the Church on the prohibition in the service of Archpriest Georgy Latinskog and father Oleg Turcan. The prohibition shall enter into force on this day, 1st Nov 2018
Contrary to all the canons on Sunday 28 October 2018 at the Liturgy in the Church of the Nativity and Saint Nicholas in Florence (Italy) they had not remembered nor the diocesan Bishop Archbishop John Mariupolskiy, Exarch of the Orthodox churches of Russian tradition in Western Europe, nor his Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Moreover, they involved the community in their error.
Given the gravity of the breach, they are forbidden to perform divine services, to teach the ordinances and blessings of the faithful, also wearing priestly vestments and a pectoral cross,” – the document says.
As reported by the SPM, 28 Oct 2018 parish of the Church of the Nativity and St. Nicholas in Florence was transferred from the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate within ROCOR. More than a hundred people, Orthodox parish, unanimously voted for the transfer to ROCOR. The decision of the community adopted in connection with the actions of the Church of Constantinople concerning the Church question in Ukraine. Believers believe non-canonical decisions of Patriarch Bartholomew on October 11, made the persecuted Ukrainian Orthodox Church headed by Metropolitan Onufry.