Communion between Orthodox Churches is absolutely necessary. The fact that Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople has withdrawn himself from convening the Orthodox Churches for mutual consultations does not mean that the Orthodox Churches cannot create some other format in order to meet and communicate. This format was proposed by Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem, said Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, commenting in the broadcast on the words of the Primate of the Jerusalem Orthodox Church, who recently mentioned in an interview that he was looking forward to a new meeting in the Amman format, the DECR ROC website writes.
As the DECR chairman noted, the meeting of the Primates and delegations of the Orthodox Churches held in Amman in 2020 was held in a fraternal atmosphere and became very successful.
“We have experience that we can exchange, and consultations in this sense are very useful and very important,” the hierarch said. “And they are especially important in a situation where a division has arisen in the family of Orthodox Churches, when, as a result of the actions of the Patriarch of Constantinople, a group of Churches has formed that recognized the Ukrainian schism and people who do not have canonical ordination are now recognized as bishops, they will be served with them.”