Monday, October 15, 2018

Official: Moscow breaks Eucharistic communion with the EP

(ROC-DECR) - The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, at its session on October 15, 2019, in Minsk, adopted a Statement of the Holy Synod concerning the encroachment of the Patriarchate of Constantinople upon the canonical territory of the Russian Orthodox Church.

The Holy Synod members deemed it impossible to continue to be in the Eucharistic communion with the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

It is stated in particular that ‘to admit in communion the schismatics and a person anathematized by another Local Church together with all the ‘bishops’ and ‘clergy’ ordained by them, the encroachment upon somebody else’s canonical parts, the attempt to reject one’s own historical decisions and commitments – all this places the Patriarchate of Constantinople outside the canonical space and, to our great grief, makes it impossible for us to continue the Eucharistic communion with its hierarchy, clergy and laity.

‘From now on till the Patriarchate of Constantinople abandons its anti-canonical decisions, it is impossible for all the clergy of the Russian Orthodox Church to concelebrate with the clergy of the Church of Constantinople, and for the laity to participate in sacraments administered in its churches’, the document states.


  1. What's everybody's over-under on how long the various jurisdictions in North America will drag out a vague, confused, and otherwise impossible to read directive on how they relate to each other?

    1. My guess is that with the obvious exception of the OCA, none of the various jurisdictions will do or say anything clear and decisive until they get their marching orders from the old country.

  2. Here is the full statement of the Russian Orthodox synod. They lay the entire thing out clearly and firmly.