MP Head of External Church Relations on Alexandrian Greek Patriarch: “Patriarch Theodore has irrevocably associated himself with the schism”

(Source) On the Moscow Patriarchate’s Official website, parts of an interview on the “The Church and the World” program on the Rossia-24 TV station, Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev), head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations, stated that: “Patriarch Theodore [of Alexandria] has irrevocably associated himself with the schism”.   The Ukrainian Journalistic site, “Union of Orthodox Journalists”, which is associated in defense of the Moscow Patriarchate in Ukraine reported much the same, though with the more definitive title to their article being:  “Russian Orthodox Church names Patriarch Theodore of Alexandria a schismatic.”

Met. Hilarion (Aleyev) said that they are now dealing with “several dozen priests” of the Alexandrian Patriarchate who are no in the process of being incorporated into a newly formed Moscow Patriarchate structured organization in Africa.  Previously, both Interfax-Religion and the MP official site had named “hundreds of clergy”, though, “clergy” is perhaps a more generic term, since, one can be speaking about readers, subdeacons, and deacons, as opposed to several dozen priests.  This comes in the wake of the visit by Alexandrian Patriarchate Bishop Agathonikos of Arusha and Central Tanzania to enforce conformity with the Alexandrian Patriarchate position accepting the Phanar-created Orthodox Church in Ukraine, resulting in the expulsion of six rectors from various Greek missions in Tanzania, according to Moscow Patriarchate Archpreist Andrei Novikov (comments original posed on Fr. Andrei’s Facebook page); threats, however, went beyond expulsion for some clergy; according to Archpriest Andrei Novikov (who was himself previously subject to extreme pressure prior to fleeing Ukraine), Bishop Agathonikos apparently threated to “kill them”.

This all seems to be leading up to some even in November of this year in which a Council of Bishops of the Moscow Patriarchate is expected to deliver a more formalized condemnation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and its allies.