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Split in Orthodoxy: Russian Church breaks ties with Ecumenical Patriarchate

The Russian Orthodox Church said on Monday it has decided to break off all ties with the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople after it recognized the Autonomy of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine last week. The split is the biggest in Christianity and Orthodoxy in more than thousand years, since Catholics and Orthodox Christians separated in 1054.

After a meeting of the Russian Holy Synod in Minsk, Belarus, the head of the Russian orthodox Church’s External Relations Department, Metropolitan Hilarion, told journalists that relations between the two churches are de facto cut off.

“A decision about the full break of relations with the Constantinople Patriarchate has been taken at a Synod meeting,” Hilarion announced.

The move comes days after the Synod of the Constantinople Patriarchate decided to eventually grant ‘autocephaly’ to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, thus making the clerical organization, which earlier enjoyed broad autonomy within the Moscow Patriarchate, fully independent.

The split is considered as the biggest in Crhsitianity and Orthodoxy in thousand years.

“The move taken by Moscow arguably marks the greatest split in the history of the Orthodox Church since the Great Schism of 1054, which separated Catholics and Orthodox Christians,” notes rt.com.

“A Schism involves a break of communion between the biggest existing Orthodox Church – the Moscow Patriarchate – and the Constantinople Patriarch, who is widely regarded as a spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, even though his status is nothing like that of the Pope in the Catholic Church,” comments rt.

There has been no reaction by the Ecumenical Patriarchate so far.

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One comment

  1. Personal I do not care. But the church of Russia should stay apart from the politics ( problems between Russia and Ukraine). I believe some day in the future if………. As Jesus had said he will be back here on Earth to Govern for years, he will unite all the Christian Churches. Suppose to happens this today. No name just Christian Church. When we will leave this life and move to the next they are not judge us (judgement) if we are Orthodox or Catholics or Protestants or any other name under a Christian church. As far we respect Jesus work here on Earth and believe on him, try to follow the 10 commandments, this is enough. This is my opinion any way, and I respect anybody else opinion too. Thanks.

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