Moscow's diocesan revolution

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In the months after the February Revolution, the Church was convulsed by a general revolt against ecclesiastical authority. The Church survived this revolt, and organized an "All-Russian Council (Sobor)" from September of 1917 until August of 1918, which re-established the Patriarchate of Moscow and negotiated a reform of the Church's authority structure. The ultimate success of the reform process depended on the ability of the Church's various communities to forge a compromise in the midst of a political and ecclesiastical revolution. This article traces the development of that compromise through the discourse of canon law.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)104-126
Number of pages23
JournalGosudarstvo, Religiia, Tserkov' v Rossii i za Rubezhom/State, Religion and Church in Russia and Worldwide
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019


  • Canon law
  • Diocesan congress
  • Orthodox church
  • Revolution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Sociology and Political Science


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