I suppose the real question shouldn’t be hypothetical, but get right to the crux of the matter.
Can our evolutionary cousins be accepted into the Church and be in communion? After all, there is a movement in Europe to provide them personhood, which would provide them all the benefits of humanity, and if legally a person, why not a sentient being able to vote, drive, have a paid job and ultimately, commune.
If we, as Orthodox Christians who believe in the evolutionary theory, do not support our ape cousins accepting communion and attending confession, are we not hypocrites of the greatest degree? How have we, since the dawn of civilization, ignored these poor wretched relatives and in turn acted in the same manner as the Jews did with the Samaritans? Shameful is what it is. Let’s get our cousins into the fold. There are billions of them out their just waiting to be accepted.