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The Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) has made a special statement on the appointment of Ukraine two exarchs of Constantinople, the representatives of Patriarch Bartholomew. A statement published on the website of the ROC.
“The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church expresses its strong protest and deep indignation in connection with the September 7, 2018 communiqué of the General Secretariat of the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, which reported the appointment of two bishops of this Church — Archbishop Daniel Pamphylian (USA) and Bishop Ilarion of Edmonton (Canada) — “Exarch” of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in Kiev”, — stated in it.
The ROC indicated that the decision on the appointment was made without the consent of Patriarch Kirill and Ukrainian Metropolitan Onuphrius, which is a violation of Church canons. “These actions lead to stalled relations between the Russian and Constantinople churches are a real threat to the unity of the world Orthodoxy,” the Moscow Patriarchate.
The representative of the Synodal Department for Church and society and the media of the Moscow Patriarchate, Vladimir Legoyda in his Telegram channel called the appointment “unprecedented gross invasion”, which cannot remain unanswered.
On Friday, September 7, the Patriarchate of Constantinople appointed two exarchs in Kiev. This step, as reported in the representation of the Patriarchate of Constantinople at the world Council of churches, was done “in preparation for the granting of autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.”
The Exarchate is a separate ecclesiastical district, located outside the country of primary jurisdiction of this Church, and the Exarch called the head of this administrative-territorial unit.
In Ukraine there are three religious organizations that identify themselves as Orthodox Christians. Two of them — the Kyivan Patriarchate (introduced in 1992) and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (organized Diaspora in North America and Western Europe) is not recognized by the Orthodox churches of other countries. Considered only the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate. It is endowed with broad autonomy, however, included in the MP.
In April, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko appealed to the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew with a call on the publication of Tomos of autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine. He believes that currently it is Russia interferes with Ukraine to have an independent Church.
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