The Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church repeats the Kremlin’s self-isolation policy in response to the legitimate decisions of the international community (the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople has decided to provide a long-awaited autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church).
Moscow Patriarch Kirill has been personally responsible for the split in Ukrainian Orthodoxy since 1991. Therefore, it is difficult for him to admit the guilt of 27 years of false activity, which delayed the entire fullness of Orthodoxy in a conflict. But after him the situation will sooner or later begin to normalize and the Russian Orthodox Church will return to communication.
Now all those who belong to the Church of the Moscow Patrarchy in Ukraine have to choose whether to follow the path of splitting with the ROC or remain in unity with Ecumenical Orthodoxy through the local Ukrainian Church?
We recall, on October 15, on the occasion of its visit to Minsk, Belarus, the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church decided to break off the relationship with the Patriarchate of Constantinople. Therefore, the Synod recognized the impossibility of further Eucharistic communication with Constantinople. The decision states that the Russian Orthodox Church will not implement the Constantinople decision.
by Evstratiy Zorya – Archbishop of Chernihiv and Nizhyn, head of the Information Department of the Kiev Patriarchate, secretary of the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church