The Latvian Orthodox Church asked Patriarch Kirill for autocephaly

On October 20, a meeting of the Latvian Orthodox Church (LTC) was held in the Church of All Saints in Riga, at which it was decided to send a petition to the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill to grant the LOC the status of an autocephalous church, Christian Megaportal inVictory reports with reference to meduza.io and Baltijas Balss.

“The council took place. As I said, the reason was to comply with the law and amend the legal charter. And turn to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill with a call for help in the canonical solution of the current situation,” Baltijas Balss quotes an unnamed clergyman of the LOC. According to him, the decision was adopted unanimously with a result of 160 votes in favor, one against.

The Latvian Orthodox Church expects to receive autocephalous status from the Moscow Patriarchate in order to comply with the requirements of the new law on the independence of the LOC, while preventing a church schism.

On October 21, the Russian Orthodox Church stated that they had not yet received official appeals from the LOC. “If we get it, we will respond at the appropriate level,” said Vladimir Legoyda, chairman of the synodal department of the Moscow Patriarchate for relations between the church, society and the media.

In early September, the Seim of Latvia adopted a law on the independence of the LOC from the Moscow Patriarchate. The church itself was ordered to bring its charter into line with the requirements of the law by the end of October. The press service of the LOC then stated that the adopted law changes the legal status of the church, but does not affect the liturgical communication of the LOC with all the canonical Orthodox churches of the world. In mid-October, the Russian Orthodox Church also emphasized that the law is exclusively of a legal nature, and therefore the Latvian Orthodox Church is not in a church schism because of it.

Patriarch Kirill often mentions military actions in his sermons. Among other things, he said that the war was provoked by external forces to weaken Russia and also justified the reasons for the Russian invasion. Due to the position of the patriarch, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church at the end of May proclaimed its full independence and independence from the Moscow Patriarchate.

Source: Латвийская православная церковь попросила патриарха Кирилла об автокефалии | Новости inVictory