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Constantinople Patriarchate risks throwing in their lot, Ukrainian theologian believes

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  • emrys@globe.net.nz
    04 September 2009, 14:12 Constantinople Patriarchate risks throwing in their lot, Ukrainian theologian believes
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      04 September 2009, 14:12

      Constantinople Patriarchate risks throwing in their lot, Ukrainian
      theologian believes

      http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=6413


      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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