Head of the Synodal Department for Church and society and the media Vladimir Legoyda said that the decision of the court of the Yekaterinburg diocese, which has defrocked chiyoumen Sergiy (Romanov), canonically balanced and fair. It must now be approved by the Patriarch, after which will enter into force.
Legoyda expressed regret that father Sergius came to the last two meetings of the ecclesiastical court. “I hope that father Sergius enough Christian humility and courage to accept what is fair and canonically informed decision, which ruled the ecclesiastical court, and that he will be able to bring genuine repentance,” — said Legoyda RIA Novosti.
In turn, the head of the Department for Church relations with society and mass media of the Yekaterinburg diocese Archpriest Maxim moneychanger said the disgraced Abbot may challenge the decision of the ecclesiastical court. However, after the signature of his Holiness Patriarch under these documents the process is already irreversible. “After the eruption of dignity and end the process of Church on the issue of the return of the priesthood is impossible,” — said the moneychanger.
the Chairman of the ecclesiastical court of Nicholas Maleta said that during the trial the court received complaints from the witnesses. They were told that the children who are brought up in the territory of Sredneuralskaya convent, were cruelly treated. These facts are investigating law enforcement agencies.
Earlier on Friday the court of the Yekaterinburg diocese defrocked chiyoumen Sergius. He called COVID-19 “pseudopodia” and cursed those who forget the temples. The diocese deprived him of his right to preach, but the cleric did not listen and continued in sermons to encourage the congregation to take to the streets and protest. Because of this it was banned in the Ministry. After that, the monk seized Sredneuralskaya convent, drove out the superior. Also on father Sergius instituted administrativee a case which is scheduled for July 7.