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Defrocked Abbot Sergius will remain a monk

Defrocked Abbot Sergiy (Romanov) continues to be a member of the Church in the monastic rank, it can still be addressed as "father", told RIA Novosti in the Moscow Patriarchate.

Court of Yekaterinburg diocese on Friday defrocked chiyoumen Sergiy (Romanov) of Sredneuralskaya convent.

"It continues to be a child of the Russian Orthodox Church, but the decision of the ecclesiastical court deprived of Holy orders. The Church leaves to him the possibility of repentance and review of its activities", - said the Agency interlocutor.

However, he said that "monasticism is impossible to deny": Sergei Romanov (in the world Nikolay Romanov) will remain a monk, or rather, schema-monk - monk, who took the monastic, that is, the vow to lead a very strict ascetic life of prayer.

In accordance with Church tradition, the monk, with tonsure, are addressed as "father" and the novice in the monastery, which had not yet taken monastic vows, "the brother". "Sergius - a schema-monk, it can be addressed as "father," he added.

According to him, in the most extreme cases, the believer can excommunicate, anathematize, but in Church practice such a measure is rarely used.

The spiritual father and founder of Sredneuralskaya convent Abbot Sergius found himself in the spotlight after he began to speak in sermons that COVID-19 - a "pseudopodia" that Russians want to put in the "e-camp of Satan", "the wicked put on the self-isolation", deprived of "freedom and work". 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 ruling Bishop banned it in service.

A priest because of his public statements also filed an administrative case scheduled on July 7.