Russian Orthodox Church Calls Ukraine Church Independence Decision 'Catastrophic'

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The Russian Orthodox Church on Thursday condemned as "catastrophic" a decision by the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate to recognize the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

"Today the Patriarchate of Constantinople has taken catastrophic decisions -- first and foremost regarding itself and global Orthodoxy," a spokesman for Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, Alexander Volkov, said in televised remarks. "The Patriarchate of Constantinople has crossed a red line."