Moscow, October 11, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church believes that the Patriarchate of Constantinople's decision to remove anathema from the self-proclaimed "Kiev Patriarchate"'s leader Filaret destroys the foundations of the canonical structure.
"The unprecedented anti-canonical act by the Patriarchate of Constantinople constitutes an attempt to destroy the very foundations of the canonical structure of the Orthodox Church. It is hard to assess otherwise the announcement by Constantinople's Synod to enter into canonical communion with schismatics and a man excommunicated from the Church," the Russian Orthodox Church's spokesman Vladimir Legoyda told Interfax-Religion on Thursday.
Constantinople appealing to "his supposedly canonical prerogative" to consider such request is "nothing but a new theory supported mainly by Constantinople itself," Legoyda said.
These actions will be given a proper competent assessment at the next meeting of the Russian Orthodox Church's Holy Synod on October 15, he said.