Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Kiev Patriarch Writes the Moscow Bishops' Council

Patriarch Philaret (Denisenko) of Kiev of the schismatic Ukrainian Orthodox Church has released an epistle to the Russian Orthodox hierarchs currently assembled in Moscow concerning the recent shift in the policy of the Moscow Patriarchate concerning the reception of former members of the Kiev Patriarchate. (Previously the Church of Rus' had chosen economy in receiving the Kiev Patriarchate's members, but as the schism has continued it has begun following canonical strictness, requiring the baptism of laity and the ordination of clergy received from the schism.)

Patriarch Philaret's letter to the Bishops' Council can be found here.

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