Moscow, September 28, 2021
The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has decided to consider the appeals of numerous African clerics to be received into the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate, given Patriarch Theodoros of Alexandria’s refusal to repent of his recognition of the Ukrainian schismatics.
At its session last week, the Synod instructed His Eminence Archbishop Leonid of Vladikavkaz and Alan to submit proposals to the Holy Synod after a thorough study of the more than 100 appeals from African clergy, reports the site of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Despite having lived and served in Ukraine for many years and having presented himself as a friend and defender of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church and His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry, on November 8, 2019, Pat. Theodoros capitulated to pressure from Greece and the U.S. and liturgically commemorated “Metropolitan” Epiphany Dumenko, the head of the schismatic “Orthodox Church of Ukraine,” during the Divine Liturgy.
A year later, in November 2020, it was reported that by that time more than 100 African clergy had appealed to be accepted into the Moscow Patriarchate, as they could not abide being in communion with the graceless schismatics of the OCU.
“The Russian Orthodox Church refrained from responding positively to such petitions in the hope that Pat. Theodoros would change his decision, and the bishops of the Church of Alexandria would not support the legalization of the Ukrainian schism,” reads the Synodal report.
“Unfortunately, this did not happen,” it continues.
On August 13 of this year, Pat. Theodoros concelebrated with Pat. Bartholomew and the unordained Epiphany Dumenko in Turkey, assuring the schismatic of his strong support. And, as the Russian Synod notes, not a single hierarch of the Patriarchate of Alexandria has expressed disagreement with the Patriarch’s decision to enter into communion with schismatics.
The Alexandrian Patriarch had already concelebrated with two schismatic “hierarchs” at the Phanar in November 2019, though never with the schismatic primate, until August.
“The members of the Synod expressed deep sorrow over the fact that Patriarch Theodoros of Alexandria concelebrated with the head of the schismatic structure operating in Ukraine, which further deepens the schism between our Churches,” the report continues.
“Taking these facts into account and taking into account the numerous appeals of the clergy of the Orthodox Church of Alexandria to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia with a request to accept them under the omophorion of the Moscow Patriarchate, Archbishop Leonid of Vladikavkaz and Alan was instructed to submit proposals to the Holy Synod after a thorough study of the received appeals.”