Vladimir Legoyda: the Patriarchate of Constantinople suffered unprecedented anticanonical action

Patriarch Bartholomew Of Constantinople. Photo: AFP 2018 / Ozan Kose

The Chairman of the Synodal Department for Church and society and the media V. Legoida said the official statement published on the website of the Patriarchate of Constantinople will be held 9-11 October in Istanbul, the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

“The Patriarchate of Constantinople suffered unprecedented anticanonical action, a attempt of destruction of the foundations of the Orthodox canonical order. Otherwise it is impossible to evaluate the statement of Constantinople on the entry into canonical communion with schismatics and with a person excommunicated from the Church,” said V. Legoida.

“The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church at the next meeting on October 15 in Minsk will give a proper assessment of the act”, he added.

According to the Chairman of Department on interrelations of the Church with society and the media, the appeal of the Patriarchate of Constantinople into the canonical prerogative to consider such treatment is a new theory, supported mainly by the Constantinople.

The statement of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, in particular, refers to the restoration of the head of the so-called “Kiev Patriarchate” Filaret Denisenko, the head of the “Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church” Macarius of Miletich “to their hierarchical or priestly title of” on the return of the congregation “UOC-KP” and “human” in ecclesial communion. The statement also said about “the abolition of the legal force of the Synodal letter 1686… which gave the Patriarch of Moscow through the oikonomia the right to ordain a Metropolitan of Kiev, elected by the Cathedral clergy and laity of his diocese”.

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