Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church decided to accept Patriarch Theodore's pro-Moscow clergy as a ‘punishment’ for recognizing the OCU

24 September, 15:56
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Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church decided to accept Patriarch Theodore's pro-Moscow clergy as a ‘punishment’ for recognizing the OCU - фото 1
The Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church announced its decisions today. Journal 61 refers to the Primate of the Patriarchate of Alexandria, Theodore, who recognizes the OCU and concelebrated with Metropolitan Epifaniy.

Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church decided to:

"1. Express deep regret over the fact that that Patriarch Theodore of Alexandria participated in concelebration with the head of the schismatic entity operating in Ukraine, which further deepens the schism between our Churches.

2. With regard to the above and given the numerous appeals of the clergy of the Orthodox Church of Alexandria to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia requesting to accept them under the omophorion of the Moscow Patriarchate, instruct His Grace Archbishop Leonid of Vladikavkaz and Alan to carefully study such appeals and submit proposals to the Holy Synod."

In connection with this decision, Archbishop Leonid was appointed Vicar of the Patriarch of Moscow with the title "of Klin", while staying in Moscow.