Alexandria, February 25, 2022
The Synodal Court of the Patriarchate of Alexandria heard the cases against Archpriests George Maximov and Andrei Novikov of the Moscow Patriarchate today.
The priests were tried in absentia. Fr. Andrei has already returned to Russia, while Fr. George remains in Africa but did not appear at the trial.
The Court announced the charges last week:
- Celebrating the Liturgy and other services on the territory of the Patriarchate of Alexandria without the permission of Pat. Theodoros and the relevant local bishops
- Concelebrating with defrocked clergy
- The crime of conspiracy or faction (see Canon 18 of the Fourth Ecumenical Council)
- Causing a scandal to the Church
Both Fr. George and Fr. Andrei were found guilty of the charges and declared defrocked by the Alexandrian Court, reports the Patriarchate press service.
Metropolitan Leonid of Klin, the Russian Patriarchal Exarch for Africa, and Frs. George and Andrei have made it clear that they do not recognize Alexandria’s right to try and condemn them, given that the Russian Church is not presently in communion with the Patriarchate of Alexandria, due to Patriarch Theodoros’ recognition of the Ukrainian schismatics.
Meanwhile, Pat. Theodoros has also threatened to defrock Met. Leonid if he continues with the status of Exarch of Africa.