The Moscow Patriarchate supported the ban from serving chiyoumen Sergiy (Romanov) from the Sverdlovsk region, calling the cause of this excessive "media activism".
Earlier the diocese was deprived of Sergius, who is also known as the spiritual father of the Chairman of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Natalia Polonskaya, the right to preach after he during the sermon stated that the Russians want to put in the "e-the camp of Satan", "the wicked are put to the isolation of" deprive "freedom and operation", and urged their parishioners to go out. Despite the ban, yesterday on YouTube there was another speech made by priest in which he again criticized the closing of temples during a pandemic, and a vaccine for coronavirus. After that, the Yekaterinburg diocese banned him from serving, and denied the right to wear the pectoral cross.
"Some time ago the Russian Orthodox Church was forbidden to father Sergius Romanov to speak publicly. This blessing was due to the fact that many of his public statements have confused the faithful and contained rather contradictory views and positions," said RIA Novosti Deputy head of the Synodal Department of the Moscow Patriarchate on relations of the Church with society and the media Vakhtang Kipshidze.
In his opinion, the decision to restrict the public activities of chiyoumen, leaving him the opportunity to perform divine services, and was "moderate and reasonable".
"However, as we all know, Sergei Romanov was not followed by the blessing and continued his media activity. In this regard, the relevant decision was made banning him from serving", – said the Kipshidze.
He added that the final decision in such cases remains with the diocesan court, which will consider the work of Romanov.