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Patriarch Kirill Ceases Commemoration of Archbishop of Cyprus

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The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church met online today under the chairmanship of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. The main item on the agenda was to consider how to respond to the recent decision of Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus to recognize the schismatic “Orthodox Church of Ukraine.”

Noting that the Archbishop’s decision was unilateral, without the approval of the Cypriot Holy Synod, the Russian Synod resolved that Pat. Kirill can no longer commemorate Abp. Chrysostomos in the Divine services, reports the site of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Abp. Chrysostomos first commemorated Epiphany Dumenko, the head of the schismatic OCU on October 24, causing a great scandal in the Cypriot Church. The Russian Synod notes that, by his own admission, Abp. Chrysostomos had not informed the bishops of the Holy Synod of his decision.

The Synod also refers to the letter of the four Cypriot hierarchs—Metropolitans Athanasios of Limassol, Nikiforos of Kykkos, Isaiah of Tamassos, and Bishop Nicholas of Amathountos—in which they emphasize that Patriarch Bartholomew’s actions in Ukraine’s and Abp. Chrysostomos’ unilateral decision to recognize those actions are both gross, anti-canonical violations of the conciliar nature of the Church and of the ecclesiastical territory of the Russian Orthodox Church.

The Synodal statement also makes reference to His Eminence Metropolitan Neophytos of Morphou, who reiterated his firm stance that the only canonical hierarch of Kiev is His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine.
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I'm waiting for there to be a united Church of Ukraine..... or at least something that looks like a UGCC and a OCU in partial or full communion.... in such manner that the Phanar and the Vatican will be in communion by extension and conclusion. Sounds bonkers but it is a reason for wresting control from the ROC-MP to establish a OCU.... why Ukraine? because it is the only country with a sizable Greek Catholic (~5 million) population.
 

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I'm waiting for there to be a united Church of Ukraine..... or at least something that looks like a UGCC and a OCU in partial or full communion.... in such manner that the Phanar and the Vatican will be in communion by extension and conclusion. Sounds bonkers but it is a reason for wresting control from the ROC-MP to establish a OCU.... why Ukraine? because it is the only country with a sizable Greek Catholic (~5 million) population.
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This is a real tragedy. Politics and Church should not mix, it only causes major divisions among believers. Why did Constantinople wait over 330 years before asserting its claim over Ukraine, when it gave up the Metropolis of Kiev in 1686 through Patriarch Dionysius' letter? Why does the Primate of an autocephalous Church decide to go rogue and commemorate an unrecognised churchman on his own? Why are some of the Greek-speaking churches siding with Constantinople in regards to the OCU? Politics.
 
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