Exarch of Africa: Russian Church is not engaged in expansion
The Russian Orthodox Church does not pursue an expansionary policy, Metropolitan Leonid said.
“We have said before and will reiterate it: the Russian Orthodox Church is not engaged in expansion. The Patriarch of Constantinople committed a canonical crime by entering into church communion with schismatics. A number of Orthodox Churches supported this unlawful decision and concelebrated with the people who do not have canonical, i.e. legal ordination, who are not clergy at all."
The creation of the Patriarchal Exarchate in Africa is aimed at ensuring Orthodox life for those who do not want to be associated with schism.
“We know that, according to the teaching of the Church," whoever is in communion with the schismatics becomes a schismatic.” We have defended and will continue to defend Orthodox Christians who refuse to associate themselves with schism,” said Metropolitan Leonid.