04 September 2009, 14:12
Constantinople Patriarchate risks throwing in their lot, Ukrainian
Odessa, September 4, Interfax - If the Constantinople Patriarchate accepts
schismatics under its omophorion, it will find itself outside canonical
Church, member of the Moscow Patriarchate Synodal Commission, cleric of the
Odessa Diocese Archpriest Andrey Novikov believes.
"If, Lord forbid, Constantinople choose to commune with Ukrainian
schismatics, it will have no canonical authority as non-canonical
interference in "alien diocese" is severely punished by certain canons," Fr.
Andrey says in his article conveyed to Interfax-Religion on Friday.
The priest states that the Constantinople Patriarchate "again after a short
repose is ready to take anti-canonical actions and interfere in the
jurisdiction of the Russian Orthodox Church," Fr. Andrey believes that is
how statements of some Constantinople representatives should be considered
as they say about their readiness to accept schismatics from the Ukrainian
autocephalous Orthodox Church in their jurisdiction.
However, the Moscow Patriarchate representative is convinced that such
admission will be "illegal and of tiny canonical authority." In the result,
"schismatics will continue to be schismatics," while clergy of the
Constantinople Church "besides interference in alien field penalized by
church law, will commit one more church and legal crime and grave sin
against church unity as it will have prayerful communication with those
excommunicated from the Church and, according to the canons, it is corrected
with deposition and excommunication."
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