The Chairman of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk has called the adopted on Thursday the decision of the Synod of the Constantinople Patriarchate on the Ukrainian question “unlawful act.” It violates inter-Orthodox unity and violates Church canons, documents “the invasion of the Patriarchate of Constantinople into the canonical bounds of the Russian Church”, and the answer will be given at the next meeting of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church on 15 October, is spoken in the comment of Metropolitan Hilarion received in the editorial office of the Orthodox portal of Christ and Christianity, “Jesus”.
Earlier Thursday, the Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople officially announced the decision to “restore” its representation in Kiev, to make the communication leaders of the schismatic Church structures in Ukraine and to withdraw the decision of Constantinople in 1686 on the transfer of the Patriarch of Moscow of the right to ordain the Metropolitans of Kiev.
The following is the full text of the comment of Metropolitan Hilarion:
“The decision of the Patriarchate of Constantinople concerning the establishment of stavropigio in Kiev, the rehabilitation of the leaders of the schism and the abrogation of the act of 1686 learned while in Astana at the Congress of leaders of world and traditional religions. Expected here, and Metropolitan Emmanuel of France, the constant participant of the previous congresses, but has not arrived. Now I understand why.
The decision was predictable. The whole logic of action of Constantinople, starting in April, this led. Violated Church canons, disturbed inter-Orthodox unity, the invasion of the Patriarchate of Constantinople into the canonical bounds of the Russian Church is documented.
Response of the Moscow Patriarchate at the next lawless act of the Patriarch of Constantinople will be given at the meeting of the Holy Synod, which will take place on October 15 in Minsk.
On the eve of the feast of the Intercession of the blessed virgin Mary, we pray together with our Patriarch of the millions-strong Russian Church uniting the peoples of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and other countries in the canonical space, with the firm belief that the gates of hell shall not prevail against it, and the blessed virgin Mary all of us will cover us from all evil with Her omophorion”.