Schismatics to be received by Baptism in Tulchin Diocese of canonical Ukrainian Church

Tulchin, Ukraine, December 25, 2019

The order for the reception into the canonical Church of those who were baptized in the schismatic “Orthodox Church of Ukraine” or the schismatics “Kiev Patriarchate” was approved a clergy meeting of the Tulchin Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church on December 20, reports the diocesan press service.

The meeting was chaired by His Eminence Metropolitan Jonathan of Tulchin and Bratslav, with the participation of His Grace Bishop Sergei of Ladizhin, vicar of the Tulchin Diocese.

Having received a graceless “baptism” in the schismatic groups, the repentant will be received into the canonical Church by public confession and a true, grace-filled Baptism and Chrismation, “introducing the former schismatics into the common royal priesthood of the faithful of the Church of Christ.”

The clergy of the Tulchin Diocese also unanimously supported the statement of the Ukrainian Holy Synod from December 6 that defended the decision to break communion with the Patriarchate of Constantinople and those hierarchs who have entered into communion with the Ukrainian schismatics, explaining that such a stance is a defense of, not abuse of the holy Eucharist.

They also expressed complete solidarity with the position of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine against the schismatic OCU.

In October of last year, the diocesan clergy unanimously declared their loyalty to Christ in the canonical Church, vowing to protect their Church. “We, as faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and as citizens of Ukraine, will firmly defend our religious institutions, the canonical order of our Church, and our constitutional rights, and protect our churches and monasteries from illegal discriminatory encroachments upon them ‘from outside,’” the priests said, reaffirming their priestly oath the Cross and the Gospel.

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Maximus1/19/2020 7:40 am
Met. Hilarion of Volokolamsk “If a Roman Catholic priest converts to Orthodoxy, we receive him as a priest, and we do not re-ordain him. And that means that, de facto, we recognize the Mysteries of the Roman Catholic Church” Archbishop Abel of Lublin and Chelm, who represented the Orthodox Church of Poland...added: “We live under rather difficult circumstances in Poland, because we do not have many Orthodox Christians in the country. We have signed a declaration on common recognition of the sacrament of baptism with the Roman Catholic Church as there are many mixed marriages. However, this is not a great problem, as both Churches have kept the apostolic succession… This smells like...pure politics.
Editor12/27/2019 9:42 pm
Juan, there are no clear instructions throughout the Orthodox Church about whether or not to baptize people coming into Orthodoxy from Roman Catholicism. I think the consensus has generally been that although the RCs fell into heresy, they still have some sort of apostolic succession. Nevertheless, in some jurisdictions they receive baptism and chrismation both when they convert. The schismatics do not have apostolic succession--their bishops were either defrocked by the canonical church or were consecrated by defrocked bishops. In any case, the priests who are baptizing are probably following the instructions of their local bishop. Sometimes people themselves ask to be baptized, because they feel it's needed in order to completely break with their former error.
Juan12/27/2019 8:25 pm
So Uniates can be received (as they were in the 19th century) without Baptism or Chrismation, and Roman Catholics, who are heretics and don't even baptize with three immersions, are received through the 2nd rite (Chrismation), and in many cases even through the 3rd rite (repudiation of heresies and confession of faith), not to mention the reception of Roman Catholic clergy without reordination... but apparently these graceless Ukrainian schismatics need to undergo baptism again because...why exactly? As a former RC who was recently received into the Russian Orthodox Church through the Rite of Chrismation, I'm starting to think that the concern for "sacramental form" or degree of dogmatic deviation of the groups and individuals received into the Church is nothing but a subterfuge for what essentially amounts to Church diplomacy and politics.
Myron Platte 12/25/2019 7:04 pm
Слава Богу! You can’t have a schism without schismatics!
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