Minsk Synod. Triumph of Orthodoxy

15.10.2018

The meeting of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, held in Minsk on October 15, 2018, will go down in the church history as one of its key events. The historic decision has been made. The eucharistic communion of the Russian Orthodox Church with the Patriarchate of Constantinople is forcedly severed.

The Split

The meeting of the Holy Synod of the Russian Church held in Minsk today is a forced reaction to the anti-canonical lawlessness that happened a few days ago in the Fanar district of Istanbul.

Alas, disputes about canonical territories accompanied the earthly Church almost always. However, if a week ago the conflict between the Moscow and Constantinople Patriarchates mainly affected the issue of the latter’s illegal invasion of our territory, then on October 11 Fanar put himself outside of Orthodoxy.

The point of no return was the legalization of pseudo-Orthodox nationalist sects - the so-called “Kyiv Patriarchate”, led by the false patriarch Filaret (Denisenko) anathematized back in 1997, by the false Metropolitan Macarius (Maletich). According to Orthodox canons, the Synod of the Constantinople Patriarchate fell under the legitimate anathema of the former Kyiv Metropolitan of the Russian Orthodox Church, the schismatic by the name of Denisenko, recognized by all Orthodox Local Churches.

After this step (the rationality of which can be explained solely by external pressure), it became clear: mechanical unity with the Patriarchate of Constantinople is not just impossible, it contradicts the very meaning of church conciliarism, based on the unity and purity of the Orthodox faith. And it is precisely this purity that has been conciliarly confirmed today in Minsk by the members of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church.

 

Results of the Minsk Synod

Synodal decisions in church tradition are referred to as "journals." There may be a lot of them, if we consider, for example, administrative and personnel issues in various dioceses, however, this time the number gave way to content. This time, the main question was about our future relationship with Fanar. And it is precisely this question that matters not only for the Russian Church, but for the whole Orthodox world.

So, the key act of the meeting of the Holy Synod was the adoption of the Statement in connection with the encroachment of the Constantinople Patriarchate on the canonical territory of the Russian Orthodox Church.

In addition, the Primates and Sacred Synods of other Local Churches were called "to properly evaluate the aforementioned anticanonical acts of the Constantinople Patriarchate and jointly search for ways out of the hardest crisis tearing apart the body of the United Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church." And also, the full support of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church and its Primate, His Beatitude, Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine Onuphrius, is especially expressed.

 

Consequences

If Filaret (head of the schismatic "Kyiv Patriarchate" - ed.) Co-operates not only with the Constantinople episcopate, but also the episcopate of other Local Churches, this may entail problems in the relations of the Russian Church with them. And if there is a certain unifying “council” in which some structure will be created, which Constantinople will provide “autocephaly”, if Philaret Denisenko heads it, then Local Churches will have to decide whether this structure and this “first hierarch” will be recognized or not.

And this means that the rift between the Russian Church and, in fact, the Ecumenical Patriarchate that fell into a split, can grow to the level of the Pan-Orthodox schism.

In the conditions of such a profound undermining of the foundations of inter-Orthodox relations and complete disregard for the thousand-year norms of church canon law, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church considers it its duty to defend the fundamental principles of Orthodoxy, to defend the Holy Tradition of the Church.