07 September 2018, 12:15
Russian Orthodox Church pauses to clarify situation around Patriarch Bartholomew's remarks - Patriarch Kirill's press secretary
Moscow, September 7, Interfax - The latest allegations made by Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople are one of the results of the current political tensions surrounding Russia, the Moscow Patriarchate said.
"The current global political tension around our country, as we regretfully acknowledge, sometimes affects the Church too," Patriarch Kirill's press secretary Priest Alexander Volkov told the Radonezh radio.
It was reported that at a Church of Constantinople Synaxis (council) held in Istanbul one of these days Patriarch Bartholomew stated that Constantinople has paramount rights to resolve problems in the Orthodox world. He also criticized Russia's and Moscow Patriarchate's uncanonical "interventions" in Ukraine's church affairs, and reserved himself the right to do so.
These and other remarks made by the patriarch of Constantinople in the past few days left the Russian Orthodox Church in a state of serious confusion, the priest said.
"Since the meeting [of the two patriarchs on August 31] we have witnessed a number of claims we do not fully understand on the part of the Constantinople hierarchy. I think what we should do now is to take a certain pause and receive some further explanations," Father Alexander said.
Those fragments from Patriarch Bartholomew's speech, which appeared on U.S.-based Greek-language websites, "cause bewilderment and surprise, to say the least, and to a greater extent serious incomprehension," the priest said.
"We need to be patient to finally clarify everything," Patriarch Kirill's press secretary said.