As a sign of growing resentment towards Moscow over the Ukraine attack, even the priests of the Moscow Orthodox Church in that country have called on world Orthodox leaders to condemn the attack and respond to the accusation by bringing Patriarch Kirill of Moscow before the church tribunal. He has betrayed his responsibilities.
Apparently the 191 priests who signed the proclamation were closer to their church than anyone else – on the possibility, see life.pravda.com.ua/society/2022/03/10/247745/, but their application is not ideal under the normal rules of the church Which would require that any such call would only come from or be supported by bishops or higher priests rather than priests.
However, this is another sign that UOC MPs are in a frenzy and on the verge of collapse, with the result that longer and more horrific Russian actions in Ukraine are likely to continue. (Cf. windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2022/03/moscow-orthodox-church-likely-finished.html, windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2022/03/orthodox-leaders-in-ukraine-now.html and windowoneurasia2.blogspot .com / 2022/04 / as-putins-war-in-ukraine-continues.html).
The appeal began with an announcement by Andre Pinchuk, an archprist of the UOC MP (facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=5012948892114452&id=100001981718431). He wrote and called on the leaders of the ancient Eastern Church, the pantheon of the so-called Orthodox world, to take action against Moscow and its 190 associates.
“We, the priests of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, in these sad days when the Russian Federation is waging a brutal war against Ukraine, consider it our priestly duty to return to the whole world Orthodox community,” he claimed, condemning the Russian aggression against Russia. Moscow Patrick Kirill’s action in support of Ukraine and that aggression.
More than that, they called for a conference of an Orthodox Church tribunal to remove Kirill from office if it found him guilty of violating church principles. Moscow would be unlikely to recognize any such discovery, but its existence would further isolate the Russian Church from the rest of the world.
Perhaps most importantly, such a discovery by Penterky would lead to the collapse of a separate Russian Church in Ukraine, and elsewhere in the former Soviet space there would be both demands and international recognition for the autosomal recession of Orthodox churches, not just for Moscow. Prestige and income but no influence on the Kremlin as well