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UOC Synod breaks communion with Constantinople
The Holy Synod of the UOC has severed the Eucharistic communion with the Constantinople Patriarchate, TASS reports. The decision was made at a meeting that took place on November 13 in the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra. This measure is due to the Constantinople's illegal interference in the internal affairs of the local church.
The UOC emphasizes that the process of providing the tomos is “imposed from outside,” there is no need for it. Moreover, it will not unify the churches, on the contrary, it will only increase tensions and conflicts among the Ukrainian population. In addition, the decision to establish the jurisdiction of Constantinople on the Ukrainian territory does not have any canonical force.
The Synod also covered changing of the very name of the church. Its statement says that the lift of the anathema from the heads of two non-canonical churches in Ukraine is a misinterpretation of Orthodox canons. "With such anti-canonical decisions, recognizing the schematics, Constantinople took the path of split," the document says.
According to Russkiy Mir, the Russian Orthodox Church declared in October that it was impossible to continue Eucharistic communion with Constantinople in connection with its actions to provide autocephaly to Ukrainian schematics. The Patriarch of Constantinople reversed the decision of the 17th century to transfer the Kiev Metropolis to the Moscow Patriarchate.
Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill percepts Constantinople actions as a global order for the ROC destruction. Meanwhile, according to polls, the majority of Ukrainian Orthodox priests and parishioner do not support the withdrawal from the Moscow Patriarchate.