The DECR Communications Service of the Russian Orthodox Church responded to the statements of Patriarch Bartholomew made by him on December 9, 2022 in Abu Dhabi at the World Policy Conference “For a Reasonably Oren World”, the ROC website reports.
The Russian Orthodox Church believes that in his speech at a conference in Abu Dhabi, the head of the Phanar made “a number of incorrect, unfounded and frankly slanderous accusations against the Russian Orthodox Church.”
“In his speech, almost entirely devoted not so much to the theme of the conference as to criticism of Russian Orthodoxy, he gave a biased, distorted interpretation of the history of our Church and the peoples that it unites, and also hinted at the alleged deviation of the Russian Church from Orthodox dogma and canons” , – the statement of the DECR ROC says.
“We have to state with regret that even now the Primate of Constantinople only supports and deepens this division. He not only makes attempts to indirectly accuse the Russian Orthodox Church of some “mistakes”, “heresies”, deviation from canons and dogmas, but also in an insulting tone comments on the position of all the Local Orthodox Churches that did not take the Phanar’s side on the Ukrainian church issue, ”- says in the document.