Metropolitan Hilarion: schismatic structures are “shadow”, fake Orthodoxy

Often, schismatic movements receive the support of forces striving to destroy social harmony, as it is known that if the Church succeeds in splitting, this will contribute to schism in society as well. Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, said this on the air of the Church and Peace program.

“The schismatic structures that exist in many countries of the world represent a kind of“ shadow Orthodoxy, ”the hierarch noted. “This is not real, but fake Orthodoxy.”

He recalled that any church schism is based on deception: “In these structures, which declare themselves to belong to the Orthodox Church,“ priests ”wear the same vestments as priests in the canonical Church,“ bishops ”wear the same. But from the point of view of church canons, these structures have sacraments without grace. That is, if a child is brought to be baptized in this “church”, baptism is not performed, if someone comes to this “church” to receive communion, communion does not take place: people do not receive the Body and Blood of Christ, but simply bread and wine. ”

“We must understand well that fake Orthodoxy is not the same thing as Orthodoxy, just like fake news is not the same as news about a real event. It is based on a lie, ”emphasized Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.

Earlier, political scientist Andrei Vidishenko said that a stillborn political surrogate cannot be placed at the basis of the Church of Christ.

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