Moscow, October 19, Interfax - Most Orthodox Christians support the decision made by the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church to sever Eucharistic communion with the Constantinople Patriarchate, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said.
"The clergy also needs to work for such decisions to be supported by all people, and I now feel that an overwhelming majority of Orthodox Christians support these decisions," Patriarch Kirill said when responding to questions from participants at the 8th All-Church Congress on Social Service, which ends in Moscow on Friday.
The positon of the Russian Orthodox Church will be "very strong, convincing," the patriarch said. "I do hope that is the case, but ministerial work on explaining the situation in Ukraine is very important," he said.
On October 11, the Synod of the Constantinople Patriarchate invalidated its 1686 decree on the handover of the Metropolitan of Kiev to Moscow and established a mission to Kiev. It also rehabilitated the leaders of self-proclaimed orthodox churches in Ukraine. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate rejected these decisions, and on October 15, the Moscow Patriarchate itself held a meeting to declare a total severing of ties with the Church of Constantinople.
Relations were severed "because the Constantinople Patriarchate identified itself with the schismatics, uncanonically violating all rules; it invaded our jurisdiction and forgave the schismatics, who had been anathematized," the patriarch said.