A priest says that the “problem between Constantinople and Moscow [and the remainder of the local Orthodox Churches] is a concern of the priests and not the laity,” The priest is wrong.
The problem is one of “apostolicity (the Holy Apostolic Priesthood and the Holy Mysteries) being compromised by Constantinople” by its communing with schismatics and non-apostolically ordained individuals.
Contrary to what the above-mentioned priest is stating, the laity of Constantinople’s churches (e.g., the Ecumenical Patriarch’s (EP) churches) cannot take communion in a Russian Church unless they first go to repentance–assuming they have courage–at which point they become one with the Russian Church. After repentance, then the laity may receive communion.
The condition of expressing repentance is not invalidated or annulled by any institutional person or institutional ecclesiastical body. There exists no Ecclesiastical Economy that can replace or annul repentance. Repentance itself constitutes the fundamental condition and spiritual “key” to receiving and possessing the Economy of salvation, as well as the “key” to activating or reactivating it, in accordance with the testimony of Scripture: Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matthew 4:17).Source.
The priest echoing the above EP party-line (in the first paragraph) is ignorant or without integrity. Either way, he’s wrong and is misleading the laity.
Above all, avoid lies, all lies, especially the lie to yourself. Keep watch on your own lie and examine it every hour, every minute.Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brother Karamazov, page 58
Richard Pevear, (Translator), Larissa Volokhonsky, (Translator)