In an extraordinary move, the Russian Orthodox Church has decided to cut all ties with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.
The decision was made as a retaliatory move by the Russian Church after Bartholomew, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, granted “independence” or autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which was under Russia’s control.
Metropolitan Hilarion, the head of the Russian Church’s Holy Synod External Relations office told journalists that any further clerical relations with Constantinople are impossible after Bartholomew’s move.
Hilarion had previously said that Constantinople crossed a “red line” and that retaliation would be swift and tough.
“The full break of relations with the Constantinople Patriarchate has been decided upon at a Synod meeting,” Hilarion announced to reporters. The Synod meeting is currently being held in the Belarusian capital.
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