Russia

September 04, 2014 (Source: www.portal-credo.ru)

Apparently Fr. Constantine Kochegarov, a GOC-K priest in the Moscow region of Russia, has refused to accede to the GOC-K Synod’s transfer of all its former missions, parishes, and clergy in Russia and Ukraine. The GOC-K had decided previously that all its missions and clergy in Russia/Ukraine would be placed under the ROCOR-A. However, Fr. Constantine Kochegarov has refused to do this, as long as Met. Agafangel and the ROCOR-A will not condemn Cyprianism as well as cease liturgical commemoration of Pat. Ireneaus of Jerusalem.

As noted previously, the Bulgarian members of the GOC-K had similar objections (though much more stringent in their demands).

Fr. Constantine said he would go under Met. Agafangel’s omophor as soon as Met. Agafangel and the ROCOR-A Synod condemned Cyprianism as an heresy. There seems to have been some additional details contained in the above link; for example it is stated that the former Synod in Resistance bishops were received in some manner by some sort of prayer while kneeling before Abp. Kallinikos, that Met. Agafangel initially objected to much but was convinced after 10 hrs of arguments, and a promise was given by Met. Agafangel¬† that he would no longer receive people from the MP who were not baptized by triple immersion (as we know, this seems to have been one of the issues that the Abp. Kallinikos, when only metropolitan, objected to about the planned RTOC communion agreement).

Fr. Constantine, nevertheless, seems hopeful that Cyprianism will eventually die out and the GOC position will be triumphant.

September 4, 2014

GOC-K Priest Refuses to Join ROCOR-A; Accuses it of Complacent Cyprianism

September 04, 2014 (Source: www.portal-credo.ru) Apparently Fr. Constantine Kochegarov, a GOC-K priest in the Moscow region of Russia, has refused to accede to the GOC-K Synod’s […]
September 4, 2014

All GOC-K Clergy in Russia-Ukraine Placed under Met. Agafangel (ROCOR-A)

September 04, 2014 A decree by the Synod of the GOC-K was recently issued transferring the Russian and Ukrainian clergy under its jurisdiction to the jurisdiction […]
September 1, 2014

Court Upholds Prosecution of Anti-MP Blogger

September 1, 2014 (Source: http://www.interfax.com/) Originally reported on August 28 Petrozavodsk. August 28th. Interfax NORTHWEST – The Criminal Division of the Supreme Court on Thursday refused […]
August 21, 2014

Ancient Stamp of Pat. St. Athanasius of Constantinople Discovered in Russia

August 21, 2014 (Source: http://lenta.ru) (Original reported on August 13) Scientists from the Institute of Archaeology, Russian Academy of Sciences, have found the personal stamp of […]