The signal to the Phanar`s satellites

The decision of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church to consider the appeals of the clergy of the Alexandrian Patriarchate with a request to accept them under the omophorion of the Moscow Patriarchate can be seen as a transition from the “last Chinese” warnings to more substantive “sanctions” for the recognition by Patriarch Theodore of Ukrainian schismatics represented by the “OCU”.

The logic of such a reaction has been repeatedly voiced by representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church and the UOC: whoever served with the schismatics himself becomes the one. Consequently, it loses the rights and privileges that canonical bishops and church structures have. In this context, the rest of the Local Orthodox Churches have every right to provide the clergy of the Alexandrian Church with a certain canonical perspective that would free their religious conscience from being drawn into schism and heretical teachings.

Judging by the wording (it is not said that the petitions of African priests will be satisfied without fail), the ROC still leaves the opportunity for the primate of the Alexandrian Church to deviate from his anti-canonical decisions and take a more constructive position.

In addition, this step is a warning signal to those Local Churches, or close to the Phanar groups in their composition, which can potentially join the Phanar supporters in the issue of recognizing the OCU. Namely: you enter into communication with schismatics – your jurisdiction becomes vacant.

However, in this case, it should be understood that you cannot endlessly operate with “last warnings”. Sooner or later, it is necessary to really move on to realizing your principled position. Otherwise, such warnings will simply cease to be taken seriously.


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