American priest left his congregation and lost income for ROC

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Photo: press service of the Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church / RIA Novosti

The rector of the Dormition Church in Bluefield (USA) mark Tyson left the Patriarchate of Constantinople in protest against anticanonically actions of Patriarch Bartholomew in the Ukraine. He was enrolled in the clergy of the Russian Church abroad, RIA Novosti reported.

As told the priest, after 26 years of service to the Constantinople Patriarchate, he was forced to confess to his ruling Bishop, that conscience does not allow him to remember the services name of the Patriarch. According to him, Bartholomew went to the “artificial deception,” restoring the canonical status of “rebel gang deprived of dignity and discredited clergy in Ukraine.” This, he believes, has led to violence against the canonical Church and the schism is a “sin that does not wash off even the blood of martyrdom.”

“New and independent “Church” that he created consists of idolaters. They worship the Holy Trinity and a false God called “free Ukraine”, and have abandoned the Church of their fathers,” said Tyson.

He added that he was forced to leave “a very generous and loving parish”, which has served nearly 17 years, lost all her income and is liable to part with many friends. “I’m not the rebellious priest. But I am willing to make painful sacrifices in order to commemorate the Patriarch, who opened a wound on the body of the Church”, — concluded the rector.

The priest went into the clergy of the Eastern American diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church abroad (Moscow Patriarchate), Metropolitan Hilarion, and already serving at a parish in Virginia.

In early October, the Ecumenical (Constantinople) Patriarchate proceeded with the granting of autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine and removed the anathema from the heads of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyiv Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. In this regard, the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) 15 Oct severed Eucharistic communion with the Ecumenical Patriarchate, October 20, declared the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew a schismatic according to Church canons. The Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church saw the cancellation policy in Constantinople of the act of 1686 on the transfer of the Kyiv Metropolitanate to the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate.

Video, photo All from Russia.

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