Patriarchs must repent of communion with schismatics or face the judgment of Christ—Met. Panteleimon of Andinois

Alexandria, October 15, 2021

Photo: Photo: The recognition of the autocephaly of the so-called “Orthodox Church of Ukraine” violates the sacred canons, and the only way out of the conflict over Ukraine and Africa is for those primates who recognize the OCU to offer their sincere repentance, says a hierarch of the Alexandrian Patriarchate. Otherwise, they will face the judgement of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Speaking with the Chrisma Orthodox Research Center, His Eminence Metropolitan Panteleimon of Andionis, a retired hierarch of the Alexandrian Patriarchate, stated unequivocally: “I would like to clarify that the decision of the Ecumenical and Alexandrian Patriarchates regarding the recognition of the autocephaly of the ‘Orthodox Church of Ukraine’ is uncanonical and contradicts the sacred canons of the Orthodox Church.”

“Unfortunately, this decision has created more problems not only in Ukraine, but throughout the entire Orthodox world, especially in Africa,” he continued.

His Eminence also warned about the possible consequences of the Russian Orthodox Church receiving African priests into its jurisdiction.

“As for the priests of Tanzania who want to join the Russian Orthodox Church, this is a question that they must solve themselves. The only way to overcome this conflict is the true repentance of Patriarchs Bartholomew and Theodore and Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens,” Met. Panteleimon affirmed.

Otherwise, they will face terrible consequences: “They must withdraw their non-canonical decisions and restore peace and unity of the Church. Otherwise, they will face the terrible Judgment of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, as this has become a temptation for the faithful.”

His Eminence concluded: “Finally, if the Russian Orthodox Church accepts the priests of Tanzania, then we must prepare for new spiritual problems that are not known at the moment. After all, the Moscow Patriarchate will open the doors to action in Africa. May the Lord have mercy on us.”

Last month, the Russian Holy Synod decided to officially consider appeals to be received into its jurisdiction from more than 100 African priests who reject Pat. Theodoros’ decision to enter into communion with graceless schismatics.

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations, later said that the Russian Church has no reason to refuse their appeals.

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Bishop Antoine NZAYISENGA2/20/2022 9:31 am
Я англиканский православный епископ здесь, в Руанде, так возможно ли и как воплотиться в Русской православной церкви?
Tolesa Alemayo2/18/2022 2:35 pm
Excuse me! I need to Understand the difference between Ethiopian, Egyptian,Greeley, and Russian Orthodox churches. Do they have doctrinal difference or structural(administrative) difference? I am Ethiopian Orthodox Church follower. If I get clear answer on this,I may stay with you to learn more about Orthodox Church as the whole world! Thank you!! May your bless up on me!!! Pray for me and for the church!
Randriamanantena betsara Joachim11/2/2021 9:01 pm
Christ is in our midst! I bow down to kiss your right hand for thé Blessing! Well l am Joachim from Madagascar. I really wish to bé a part of this church being a full membership. I am looking forward to hearing from you. Your Spiritual Son Joachim
Alex Fedec10/17/2021 7:24 am
Axios, Metropolitan Panteleimon! Axios!
Peter 10/15/2021 5:15 pm
They won’t repent as they have doubled down, unfortunately. What is the Church of Russia to do if they persist? The African clergy care this much to not be in communion with a schismatics Patriarch. If Theodoros doesn’t repent, why should they not be accepted by the Russian Church
Alexander Leitner10/15/2021 3:50 pm
God my bless this Metropolite!
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