2019-09-14 00:00:00

Head of "Russian exarchate" of Constantinople joins Russian Orthodox Church

Moscow, September 14, Interfax - The Holy Synod in Moscow has taken the head of "the Russian exarchate" of Constantinople, Archbishop Jean (Renneteau), under the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate and gave him the title of the archbishop of Dubna.

This jurisdiction also applies to all clergymen subordinate to him and parishes that express a wish to join.

The Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church adopted this decision after considering Archbishop Jean's request at its extraordinary session on Saturday.

As was reported, late in November 2018 the Synod in Istanbul adopted the unilateral decision on dismissing the “Russian exarchate” and suggested its clergy and believers to subordinate to local Greek hierarchs. The Archdiocese did not agree with this decision and started discussing options of its future, one of them was restoring unity with the Russian Orthodox Church.

The Archdiocese of Russian Orthodox Churches in Western Europe (the Russian Exarchate) with center in Paris was set up on basis of Russian emigrants parishes after the Revolution of 1917. Since the 1930s it was administered by Constantinople, however in November 2018 the Synod in Istanbul took a unilateral decision to dismiss the Russian exarchate and offered its clerics and believers to move under administration of local Greek bishops. The Archdiocese has not agreed with this decision and today is discussing variants of its future one of which is joining the Russian Orthodox Church.

The archdiocese has 65 parishes, 11 acting churches, two monasteries and seven hermitages in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, the Great Britain, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Italy and Spain, there are over 100 priests and 30 deacons among its clergy.