Russian press warns of 'Orthodox war' over Church split

Kiev Pechersk Lavra

Moscow certainly did not achieve what it hoped for by, on October 15, having the Holy Synod meet in Minsk, where the Russian Orthodox Church chose to break off relations with Constantinople.

"With the obvious order of the Kremlin, the leadership of the aggressor country, the Russian church authorities fully dependent on it declared a breakup of Christian communion with the Mother Church of Constantinople". The Orthodox Church split from the Catholic Church in 1054.

He had previously asked the Patriarch of Constantinople to grant independence to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, the Associated Press reports.

Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople officially recognized the new Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Ukraine on October 11, sparking celebration in Kyiv and outrage in Moscow. The decision has not been recognised by Moscow.

Ecumenical Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill conduct Sunday service in the Patriarchal Cathedral of St. George at the Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarchate in Istanbul, Turkey July 5, 2009.

These include: admitting into communion "schismatics", and "a person anathematized in another local Church", "encroachment on someone else's canonical regions", and "the attempt to abandon historical decisions and commitments".

This was reported on the website of the Moscow Patriarchate.

"The Russian Orthodox Church doesn't recognize those decisions and won't fulfill them", he said.

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The Church of the Patriarchate of Moscow has in Ukraine by the largest number of parishes (more than 12,000), but the Patriarchate of Kiev has, according to surveys, the largest number of believers.

The church in Ukraine has been under the jurisdiction of the Russian Orthodox Church since the late 1600s, but calls for independence have increased since Moscow's 2014 annexation of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine.

Moscow also objects to last Thursday's decree from the Ecumenical Patriarchate that rehabilitates two breakaway Ukrainian Orthodox Churches and their leaders, whom Moscow considers to be in schism.

M - The Russian Orthodox Church says it is cutting all links with the body that wields spiritual authority over the world's Orthodox Christians, in a row over the church in Ukraine, BBC reports. But today, they have far fewer levers than many seem to think either against Constantinople or Ukraine.

Poroshenko hopes that the Bishops' Council will be held without any conflicts, contrary to the Ukrainian national proverb that along with two Ukrainians, there are three hetmans.

"It's an issue of Ukrainian independence".

A talk show on the Rossiya1 warned that "radicals" may start seizing churches as soon as Moscow's control weakened.

The Izvestia newspaper, which strongly supports the Kremlin line, wrote that Monday will enter Orthodox history as "one of its darkest days". The ecumenical patriarch reconstituted a church there over the wishes of the Russian Orthodox Church.

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