Patriarch defrocks Archimandrite Kirill (Govorun) for violating his oath of allegiance to the Russian Orthodox Church 18:53

Patriarch Kirill dismissed Archimandrite Govorun, who had previously served in Kiev with the clergy of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. This is stated in the decree published on the website. Moscow diocese.

“Archimandrite Kirill (Govorun). “Based on the decision of the diocesan church court of the Moscow diocese dated October 31, 2023, you are expelled from the priesthood for violation of the 25th canon of the Holy Apostles,” the decree reads.

According to Rule 25 of the Holy Apostles, a priest may be removed from the priesthood, especially for perjury.

On October 31, the Episcopal Church Court of the Moscow Diocese decided to deprive Archimandrite Kirill (Govorun) of the priesthood. Before that, Patriarch Kirill banned him from serving, among other things, for violation of the “obligation of fidelity to the Russian Orthodox Church”, which was expressed in celebrations with bishops and clergy of the Church of Constantinople. “By the decision of the Holy Synod, Eucharistic communion has been interrupted due to the large-scale occupation of the canonical territory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.”

January 13 Archpriest Alexei Uminsky free from corruption For refusing to recite a prayer containing words about Russia’s victory.

May 13, 2023, Moscow Church Court for unauthorized alteration of the text of the prayer “In Holy Russia” decided Depriving the clergyman of the Church of the Holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called in Lublin, Priest John Koval.

Previously, Patriarch Kirill deprived the philosopher of his holy rank Andrey Kuraev (recognized as a foreign agent in the Russian Federation).

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Source: Gazeta

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