The Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate abolished the Patriarchal Tomos of 1999, which confirmed the permanence of the Russian Orthodox Archdiocese in Western Europe under the omoposition of the Patriarch of Constantinople. Protodácono of the Russian Orthodox Church Andrei Kuraev called this decision "alarming." "Tomos gave – he took a tomos," he added.
The Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, which met on November 27 in Phanar, decided to dissolve the archdiocese of Russian Orthodox churches in Western Europe. This is reported by the orthodox edition, citing its sources.
Note that the 1999 Patriarchal Tomos was canceled this way.
Protodácono of the Russian Orthodox Church Andrei Kuraev wrote in his blog that "an official statement with details will be available later."
"What, are they going to shed on their Gallic eparchies? But this is alarming: Tomos gave – Tomos took," he added.
On January 22, 1971, the Patriarchate of Constantinople restored its jurisdiction over the parishes of the former Russian West European exarchate, transforming it into the Russian Orthodox Archdiocese of Western Europe.
On June 19, 1999, the tombs of the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I confirmed the permanence of the archdiocese under the omofor of the Patriarch of Constantinople and its exarchate status was restored.
The meeting of the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate began in Istanbul on November 27, 2018 and will last until November 29. Ukrinform has said it can approve a tomes on autocephaly for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
On October 11, the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate adopted a series of decisions concerning the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. In particular, the decision of the Patriarchate of Constantinople of 1686 to transfer the Ukrainian church to the administration of the Moscow Patriarchate was canceled; the anathema imposed by the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) was removed from the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate, Filaret; he and the head of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church Macarius returned to canonical status.
The official tomes on the autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, the ecumenical patriarch Bartholomew, will present to the head of the local church united elected in the unifying council. The cathedral is planned for December.
On October 15, the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church broke Eucharistic communion with the Patriarchate of Constantinople on November 13, the same decision was taken by the Council of Bishops of the UOC-MP.