Patriarch Bartholomew no longer has the right to speak on behalf of all world Orthodoxy and represent himself as its leader – Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church

Patriarch Bartholomew no longer has the right to speak on behalf of the entire world Orthodoxy and represent himself as its leader – the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, REGISTER No. 60 of the meeting of the Holy Synod of September 23-24, 2021.

IT WAS RESOLVED AS FOLLOWS:

To recognize the arrival in Kyiv of Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople with his accompanying persons without an invitation from the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine Onuphry and the legitimate hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church as a gross violation of the canons, in particular, Canon 3 of the Sardinian Council and Canon 13 Cathedral of Antioch.

Condemn the continuing anti-canonical deeds of the Patriarch of Constantinople aimed at destroying the unity of Orthodoxy.

To note the purely political nature of the visit of Patriarch Bartholomew, which reveals his dependence on forces external to the Church.

Retaining the grateful memory of the merits of the Holy Church of Constantinople in enlightening Rus with the light of Christ’s faith, emphasize that the noble deeds of the ever-memorable Holy Patriarchs of Constantinople in the past do not justify the current canonical crimes of Patriarch Bartholomew, who supported the schism and entered into church communion with persons who call themselves Orthodox but do not have canonical consecration.

Note that by supporting the split in Ukraine, Patriarch Bartholomew lost the trust of millions of believers. Emphasize that in conditions when the majority of Orthodox believers in the world are not in church communion with him, he no longer has the right to speak on behalf of the entire world Orthodoxy and represent himself as its leader.

Confirm the loyalty of the Moscow Patriarchate to the norms of canon law and the generally recognized principles of inter-Orthodox cooperation, its continuing openness to pan-Orthodox discussion of the situation in world Orthodoxy. Emphasize that the responsibility for undermining the unity of the Orthodox Church is entirely with Patriarch Bartholomew as a result of his anti-canonical actions.

To express support to His Beatitude Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine Onuphry, archpastors, pastors and the entirety of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in their stand for the truth, in their loyalty to the canonical unity of the Church.

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