Moscow, February 4, 2022
Most of the autocephalous Local Orthodox Churches will support the Russian Church’s move into Africa, believes the African Exarchate.
Asked by journalists how other Churches have reacted, Metropolitan Leonid of Klin, the Russian Patriarchal Exarch of Africa, responded: “We are focused on the canonicity we’re defending. I don’t doubt for a second that the fullness of universal Orthodoxy—meaning many Local Orthodox Churches—will, of course, support our decision.”
“Because they understand that the truth is on our side,” he explained. Met. Leonid published his comments on his Telegram page yesterday.
“For my part, I can note that the Russian Orthodox Church won’t leave the African continent under any circumstance,” he added.
As for receiving clergy from other Local Churches whose primates have recognized the Ukrainian schismatics, Met. Leonid responded that if any such appeals are received, they will be studied by the Holy Synod.
He also commented on reports that the Patriarchates of Constantinople and Alexandria hope to revive the Pentarchy, bringing in the Church of Cyprus, and to gather the Pentarchy primates to condemn the Russian Church’s African Exarchate.
“Of course, I can’t speak for the primates of the Antiochian and Jerusalem Churches, but I don’t think these two pillars of the Church will participate in this ‘council,’” the Metropolitan said.
“I think the most they could achieve in this process today is the trio of Greece [presumably he meant to say Cyprus—OC], the Phanar, and Alexandria, which will finally and irrevocably discredit them in the eyes of the world Orthodoxy,” he concluded.