Russian Church A Step Closer To Split From The Rest of Orthodox Christianity

 

The Russian President Vladimir Putin with the Patriarch of Moscow Kirill – Photo by Ecumenical News

The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church announced that it will end its participation in every structure that is chaired by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and it will no longer mention the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, as the latter plans to recognize the Ecclesiastical Autocephaly (independence) of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I

”We have decided to suspend joint performance of church services with the hierarchs of the Constantinople Patriarchate, to suspend our membership in all structures, which are headed or co-chaired by the representatives of Constantinople”, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church’s External Relations Department, Bishop Helarion said.

It is mentioned that this move is not a complete Schism, something that would split the Christian Orthodox Church into two, but a bold step taken by the Russian Orthodox Church against the Ecumenical (Global) powers of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, that is considered to be ”First among Equals” in the Orthodox world.

This move was expected as The Patriarchate of Moscow strongly opposes the plans for Independence by the Ukrainian Church.