The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church found it impossible to continue to stay in communion with the Patriarchate of Constantinople

    

At the meeting of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, held on 15 October 2018 in Minsk, adopted a Statement of the Holy Synod in connection with the infringement of the Patriarchate of Constantinople on the canonical territory of the Russian Orthodox Church, reports patriarhiei.

Members of the Holy Synod admitted it impossible to stay in communion with the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

The Statement particularly says: “the Adoption into the fellowship of believers and anathematising in one Local Church to another person with all their ordained “bishops” and “clergy”, an encroachment on other people’s canonical fiefdoms, an attempt to disavow their own historical judgments and liabilities, — all this displays the Patriarchate of Constantinople beyond the canonical fields and, to our great sorrow, makes it impossible for us to continue the Eucharistic communion with his hierarchs, clergy and laity”.

“From now on until the refusal of the Patriarchate of Constantinople from taken anticanonically solutions for all of the clergy of the Russian Orthodox Church cannot concelebration with the clergymen of the Church of Constantinople, and for the laity — participate in the ordinances performed in her temples,” — stated in the document.

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