Company21: 03 11.10.2018 (updated 21:04 11.10.2018) Short URL Recognition by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople of the Ukrainian Independent Church is a disaster, especially for the Orthodox of Ukraine, according to the spokesman of the Moscow Patriarchate Alexander Volkov.The decisions taken by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople will have disastrous consequences, above all for believers in Ukraine, said Thursday Alexander Volkov, spokesman of Patriarch Cyril of Moscow and all the Russias.
"The current situation is absolutely unprecedented for everyone. It is a total break with the tradition and perception of the life of the Church. The actions of Constantinople will bring catastrophic damage, above all for the Orthodox of Ukraine. Something terrible will begin, "Volkov told the Russian religious television channel Spas.
According to the head of the synodal department of the Moscow Patriarchate Vladimir Legoïda, the non-canonical decisions of the Patriarchate of Constantinople concern the fate of millions of people in Ukraine and the Orthodox world, since it is an attempt to undermine bases of the canonical system of orthodoxy ".
"We are on the verge of dramatic events, that's obvious," said Legoïda.
The Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople confirmed Thursday that it had launched the procedure for granting the status of Autocephalous Church (independent) to the Ukrainian Church announced by Patriarch Bartholomew I.
Constantinople had previously appointed Archbishop Daniel of Pamphylia (United States) and Bishop Hilarion of Edmonton (Canada) as his exarchs in Kiev "as part of the preparation for granting autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine ".
According to the spokesman of Patriarch Cyril of Moscow, these decisions legitimize a schism and the Holy Synod has "crossed the red line". The Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which is an autonomous Church within the Moscow Patriarchate, has threatened to break with the Patriarchate of Constantinople.
The Russian Orthodox Church has indeed already broken off its "diplomatic relations" with the Patriarchate of Constantinople by suspending the commemoration of Patriarch Bartholomew I during religious services.
Currently, in Ukraine, there is the Ukrainian Orthodox Church canonical, as well as ecclesiastical structures that are not recognized by world orthodoxy: the "Patriarchate of Kiev" and the "Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church". Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is seeking recognition of non-canonical religious structures and the creation of an autocephalous Church in the country, although he has promised not to interfere in the affairs of the Church.