Bishop Diomid of Chukotka Anathematizes Patriarch Alexei

(Interfax) – Bishop Diomid of Anadyr and Chukotka, who is to be defrocked by the Bishop’s Council decision, came out with a flush statement to “anathematize” Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia.

This document spread on Thursday says that Bishop Diomid also “anathematizes” head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, his predecessor on this post and today’s Metropolitan Filaret of Minsk and Slutsk and “all their predecessors who participated in anti-monarchial February coup 1917 and all the like-minded.”

“While dogmatic and canonical questions are under settlement” Bishop Diomid intends to rule the Chukotka Diocese independently that is “to handle matters out-of-subordination to heretic hieararchs.” He also decided to consider as dowager Moscow, Smolensk, Minsk and some more dioceses, which heads he had anathematized in his statement.

The former Chukotka Bishop “reserves” the right “to carry out mandatory bishopric care for Orthodox flock in dowager sees,” thus actually claiming he is the head of the Moscow Patriarchal See.

The Russian Orthodox Church called this statement “nonsense” and urged to pray for his correction.

“When the Lord leaves and punishes a man, He deprives him of reason. This is exactly the case,” DECR deputy head Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin commented on Bishop Diomid statement.

He regretted that Bishop Diomid “who started his church way as a sincere and faithful believer changed church unity, joy of church life and Christian witness, openness to people of various faiths and confessions to communication with the inner circle of his followers who convince him that he is a true spiritual leader of Russia.”

The Church representative addressed Diomid: “Your Excellence, it is not true. You toe the mark of people, who deceive you and exploit dark sides of your soul.”

The priest is convinced that if Bishop Diomid had led an open dialogue with his brothers-hierarchs, everything could have changed as “the door to repentance would be open and it is still open.”

“But unfortunately, the bishop goes further to some distant places: today it is Mys Schmidta (northern Chukotka village – IF), tomorrow, Lord forbid, it can a kind of a cave,” Fr. Vsevolod said.

According to him, if a person clams up and believes those “whose consciences are seared,” it is the way to nowhere. “Let’s pray for Bishop Diomid and not gloat as the Lord work wonders, and let Him give Bishop Diomid time to repent, to correct and to change,” the priest concluded.