The origins of the numerous "right-wing" schisms and the "unmentioners" should be sought in a disagreement with the Moscow Patriarchate
(the "Sergiites") over a matter of basic principle: the policy of cooperation with the atheistic authorities.
163) As part of its response to this newfound responsibility and other similar relationships, the Moscow Patriarchate
established a "department for church-state relations," which interacts with "legislative bodies, political parties, trade unions .
In 2006, the General Congress of ROCOR confirmed its willingness to reunite with the church in Russia and the Patriarchate and ROCOR proposed procedures and a time for signing, to be followed immediately by full restoration of communion with the Moscow Patriarchate
It also sheds light on reasons for the slow pace of ecumenism within the Slavic sphere of influence and why even today the Moscow Patriarchate
is unwilling to welcome the pope to Russia.
The Estonian Apostolic Orthodox Church (EAOC) had 59 congregations with approximately 20,000 members and the Estonian Orthodox Church, subordinate to the Moscow Patriarchate
(EOCMP), had 30 congregations with approximately 150,000 members.
But Vsevolod Chaplin, a priest of the Russian Orthodox Church's Moscow Patriarchate
who oversees relations with political parties and public organizations, told Ecumenical News International that the establishment of the Society of Atheists was part of a broader trend, which he described as a "new wave of godlessness among a certain group of Russian intellectuals.
Great lengths have been taken to document those martyred by the communists, send religious books to those in need, and support the Free Orthodox Church of Russia--which like the Synod has been critical of the Moscow patriarchate
According to Father Victor Petluchenko of the Department of External Affairs of the Moscow Patriarchate
, there is a strong anti-ecumenical movement in Russia among the faithful, and also among some priests.
In certain areas of Donbas, which are under Russias effective control, all faith traditions, clergy members and believers, except for the Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate
, are subjected to persecution, seizure of property, abductions, unlawful deprivation of liberty, torture and ill-treatment and even killings.
4 might not have been the usual protocol for such a ceremony But Kirill's Moscow patriarchate
, which claims authority for believers across the former Soviet Union and anywhere else where Russian Orthodox live, could not have erected the gleaming white cathedral along the River Seine without their help.
The Holy See and the Moscow Patriarchate
hope that it will also be a sign of hope for all people of good will.
The Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, Chairman of the Synodal Department for the Cooperation of Church and Society of the Moscow Patriarchate
reiterated that the main challenges currently facing Russia and the Islamic World are terrorism and extremism.