Schism over Ukrainian Autocephaly.
Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow has excommunicated the "Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople."
Patriarch Bartholomew gave autocephaly to a church which was officially uncanonical and patriarch Bartholomew agreed with its uncanonical status just few years ago. The Moscow Patriarch gave anathema to "Metropolitan " of that "Church", and now Pat Bartholomew took it away, making him a "canonical" Metropolitan. Moreover, now this "Church" claims Kiev Pechersk Lavra to be their territory which has been under the Russian Moscow Patriarch for centuries. And there are other churches belonging to the Moscow Patriarch that this newly proclaimed Church wants to take over now. Patriarch Bartholomew's actions have been determined not legal and canonical by many local Orthodox Churches and their Patriarchs, who accuse him of being a USA puppet.
The most serious schism within the Eastern Orthodox Church since the Great Schism of 1054 continues this year, with the excommunication of the Constantinople Patriarch, Bartholomew I, following his “rehabilitation” of two schismatic hierarchs on October 11th of this year. The local Orthodox Churches already had a reaction before this ever happened, and that response has largely deepened now.
Prior to that event, though, the possibility that the Ukrainian government, consumed with a fervor to utterly purge the country of all things Russian, was going to try to eject the leading Orthodox Church in that country because it is under the Moscow Patriarchate. The noisings of Filaret Denisenko and President Poroshenko were getting noticed by Constantinople and by the West, who seek to use Ukraine as the next outpost in its proxy battle against Russia.
This is not merely an ecclesiastical spat but a major front in the fight between secular or atheist globalism and Christian sovereignty.
On the 6th of July of this year, the Union of Orthodox Journalists compiled a list of the thoughts expressed by the fourteen “Local” Orthodox Churches regarding Ukrainian autocephaly, or total independence. (A “Local” Church is such a church, in 100% communion theologically with all the other Orthodox Churches, but administered independently of them. There is no single human point of authority in Eastern Orthodoxy, with each bishop having independence within his own see.)
Serbian Orthodox Church:
On May 23, 2018 Primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church Irinej stated the following:
“Everyone knows the feat of hundreds of thousands of Serbs who fought to the death for holy Orthodoxy. Therefore, I think, it is not necessary to say a lot of words to explain how the Serbian Church sees everything that is happening in Ukraine today,” Patriarch Irinej said.” Our response is the same as the response of our predecessors: the Serbian Church entirely supports the unity and integrity of the Russian Orthodox Church and resolutely condemns actions of Uniates and schismatics who tear apart the robe of Christ at the place of Kievan Baptism betraying their people to the enemies of faith. Their end shall be according to their works (2 Corinthians 11:15).”
“Everyone who helps Ukrainian schismatics is not only an enemy of the Russian Church and the Russian world, but also of all Orthodox Slavonic peoples and the whole Orthodox world,” Patriarch Irinej said.