2018-09-14 21:53:00

Patriarch Kirill's spokesman likens state of Moscow-Constantinople relations with yellow traffic light

Moscow, September 14, Interfax - The decisions made by the Synod in Moscow regarding the Church of Constantinople are leaving the chance of resuming the fraternal relations, Patriarch Kirill's press secretary Rev. Alexander Volkov said.

"The current Synod decision is, figuratively speaking, a yellow light in our relations. It implies two ways: either red, and full traffic stop, or green, and a resumption of dialogue on a two-lane road," the priest told Interfax-Religion on Friday.

He was commenting on the decision of the emergency Synod meeting to suspend the mentioning in prayers of Patriarch of Bartholomew at Russian churches and joint service with Constantinople hierarchs.

The decision sets out the Church's "very clear and unequivocal position" on the actions of the Patriarchate of Constantinople while "avoiding, as ever, doing anything which might prove irreversible," the spokesman said.

"We have always insisted and continue to insist that dialogue is the only way to resolve conflicts," the priest said, expressing his regret that "so far the Patriarchate of Constantinople does not hear the Russian Orthodox Church."