The Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) recognized the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew dissenter.
This was stated by the head of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, reports TASS.
“The fact that the Patriarch of Constantinople recognized the schismatics, he joined the split. So are Church canons. Accordingly, for us now the Patriarch of Constantinople is a schismatic. The decisions that it takes, we do not recognize”, — said Metropolitan Hilarion.
We will remind, the Russian Orthodox Church broke off relations with the Ecumenical Patriarchate. We will remind, on October 11 at the meeting of the Synod was promulgated on the decision, which States that the Ecumenical Patriarchate continues the procedure of granting autocephaly churches in Ukraine.
In addition, it canceled the letter of the Synod of 1686, after which the Kievan Metropolia came under the jurisdiction of Moscow, restored the canonical status of the UOC of Kyiv Patriarchate Filaret and the head of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church Macarius.