Russia: Russian Orthodox Church threatens Constantinople with retaliation

The Russian Orthodox Church threatened to break off relations with Orthodox Christianity's leading body — the Patriarchate of Constantinople — if it endorses the new self-governing, or autocephalus, Ukrainian Church. In an interview in Moscow on Sunday, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations, denounced Constantinople's... Еще decision to send to envoys, or exarchs, representing Patriarch Bartholomew to Ukraine, as a violation of church canons. He said the decision was taken without the agreement of Patriarch Kirill and Ukrainian Metropolitan Onufriy. «This act was committed in violation of church canons and cannot remain without an answer. We hope that Constantinople will reconsider this decision, but if not, we will have to find appropriate solutions and take counter steps,» he stated. «If this sneaky and treacherous project is brought to an end, then, of course, most Orthodox believers in Ukraine will not accept this autocephaly and the Russian Orthodox Church will not accept this decision,» he stated.

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