The rector of the Russian Church of the Transfiguration in Stockholm, Sweden, a parish of the Archdiocese of the Russian Orthodox Churches in Western Europe of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, has excluded 16 people from the parish for their stance against Constantinople’s uncanonical actions in Ukraine.
A new subsection has been opened on the official site of the Russian Orthodox Church dedicated to the “Historical unity of the Russian Orthodox Church,” providing documents, publications, and news dedicated to the ongoing crisis in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
As the priest notes, the pressure from the state and “activists” and the invitations to meet with the Security Service began after the hierarchs’ November 13 resolutions declaring their intention to remain faithful to the Church and resist Constantinople’s uncanonical innovations in Ukraine.
The new church is dedicated to the “It is Truly Meet” Icon of the Mother of God. The monastery also reports that they set up their as-yet unconsecrated altar a few days prior on November 3. The monastery also received an “It is Truly Meet” Icon for their chapel on October 28.
As pictures posted on the diocesan website reveal, the autocephalists declared their support not for a “tomos” (“томос”) of autocephaly, but rather for “Thomas” (“томас”), according to what was written on their signs.
The clergy of the various deaneries of the Vinnytsia Diocese are meeting to vote on whether or not they support the statement of the Council of Bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church from November 13, in which the bishops reaffirmed the break in communion with Constantinople and their stance against the rehabilitation of the Ukrainian schismatics and against the initiative to join with them in a new church.
Meeting in an extraordinary session on Friday, the Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church voted against the proposed change in the status of priests and decided to create a special commission to study the proposals of the Greek government to change the position of the Church in the state.
Abp. Philaret commented on his official address in which he denied rumors that he was planning to abandon the canonical Church to join the new church that Constantinople is planning to create with Ukrainian schismatics. Abp. Philaret was one of three bishops of the Ukrainian Church to meet with President Poroshenko on November 13, which Ukrainian media took as an irrefutable sign that he was going to leave the Church.
After discussing the diocese’s plans for the coming year, Met. Elisha put the question of support for Met. Onuphry to a vote, and the clergy unanimously voted in full support of their beloved primate.
“The Holy Bishops’ Council forbids the priests of the Polish Orthodox Church from having liturgical and prayerful contact with the ‘clergy’ of the so-called Kiev Patriarchate and the so-called ‘Autocephalous Orthodox Church,’ which have committed much evil in the past,” the statement reads.
Metropolitan Emmanuel of Gaul, a hierarch of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, has arrived in Kiev to guide the preparation process for the upcoming unification council by which Constantinople intends to create a new church in Ukraine.
The emergency clergy meeting was called because the ruling hierarch of the Vinnytsia Diocese, His Eminence Metropolitan Simeon (Shostatsky), an open supporter of Constantinople’s plans to create an autocephalous church, was the sole hierarch present on November 13 who did not sign the resolutions of the Council of Bishops.