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The Russian Orthodox Church Has Broken Ties With Orthodoxy’s Leader. Here’s What That’s All About

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The Russian Orthodox Church has suspended Eucharistic communion with the Patriarchate of Constantinople. The decision was made at a meeting of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church on October 15 in Minsk. The stated reason for the suspension is the “anti-canonical actions of the Constantinople Patriarchate, which opened communication channels to schismatics in Ukraine and thereby encroached on the Russian Orthodox Church’s canonical territory.”

An Autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church?

The Constantinople Patriarchate is the “first among equals” among the heads of the several autocephalous churches that make up the Eastern Orthodox Church. The official title of Patriarch Bartholomew is Archbishop of Constantinople and Ecumenical Patriarch. Sergey Chaplin, a church publicist and former executive editor of Moscow Patriarchate Magazine, told Meduza that all local Orthodox churches recognize the primacy of the Constantinople Patriarchate, including his right to overrule decisions by the heads of other local churches and to grant independence to new branches. “The only serious competition and appeals not to recognize Constantinople’s special status come from Moscow,” Chaplin says…

To read more visit Meduza.

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