Patriarch Bartholomew Of Constantinople. Sergey Pyatakov
MOSCOW, 19 Oct — the actions of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in Ukraine are the United States, said the head of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.
He explained that, judging by the actions of American politicians, Washington is interested in weakening of Russia and the Russian Church.
“The haste with which now the Patriarchate of Constantinople was taking their actions, suggests that he fulfills the order from the outside,” — said Metropolitan Hilarion, in an interview with Italian newspaper Il Made, the text of which published on Friday the website of the DECR.
The representative of the Russian Orthodox Church noted that in mass media there was information on the financial interest of the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew, who could get $ 25 million for his actions.
“I don’t know, believe it or not. I just know that in 1924, when the Patriarchate of Constantinople granted autocephaly to the Polish Church, for it was paid the amount in pounds sterling. If I am not mistaken, about 12 thousand — at the time a lot of money,” — said Metropolitan Hilarion. He stressed that this information appears in the published correspondence between the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Polish authorities of that time.
Debate over autocephaly
Because of the decision of Constantinople to begin providing non-canonical autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church announced the suspension of the Eucharistic communion with the Patriarchate of Constantinople. The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has called the decision canonically void, and saw policy in the decision of Constantinople to withdraw the act 1686 on the transfer of the Kyiv Metropolitanate to the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate.
The gap is the canonical territory of the ROC, including Ukraine and Belarus. As stated in Moscow, the Patriarchate of Constantinople lost its right to be called the coordinating center for the entire Orthodox Church.
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