Warsaw, November 16, 2018
The Holy Synod of the Polish Orthodox Church met in Warsaw on Wednesday under the chairmanship of His Beatitude Metropolitan Sawa of Warsaw and All Poland, where they reportedly adopted a similar decision to that of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
According to information received by Romfea, the Polish Synod resolved not to recognize the Ukrainian schismatics who were rehabilitated and received into communion by the Ecumenical Patriarchate on October 11.
Moreover, the Synod reportedly resolved that it will not enter into communion with the new church that Constantinople is creating in Ukraine.
An official communique from the Polish Synod is expected.
Likewise, during its November 6-7 session in Belgrade, the Bishops’ Council of the Serbian Orthodox Church declared, referring to the schismatic leaders Philaret Denisenko and Makary Maletich, that it “does not recognize the mentioned figures and their followers as Orthodox bishops and clergy and, consequently, does not accept liturgical and canonical communion with them and their supporters.”
Philaret Denisenko was the former canonical Metropolitan of Kiev, though he was defrocked by the Moscow Patriarchate in 1992 and anathematized in 1997. At those times, the Ecumenical Patriarchate recognized the Moscow Patriarchate’s “exclusive competence” to deal with these matters and accepted its decisions. Denisenko now heads the “Kiev Patriarchate,” by far the larger and more influential of the two schismatic groups in Ukraine.
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