The source explained why the Ukrainian Church will not give autocephaly

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The Patriarchate of Constantinople announced that, together with other Orthodox churches will study the query «Church and political leaders» of Ukraine on granting autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Close to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the source told RIA Novosti that the matter will be discussed with the participation of the Russian Church, and the decision requires unanimity of the churches, autocephaly to Ukraine will not receive.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on Sunday said that the Patriarchate of Constantinople begins the procedures for granting autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

«The Ecumenical Patriarchate, the divine and sacred canons and the centuries-old Church order and tradition, given the global Orthodox Church and of responsibility for pan-Orthodox unity, of Holy baptism in Constantinople of the Orthodox Ukrainian people, examined in detail the question about the Church situation in Ukraine, as it was in previous synods, made the request for autocephaly on the part of clergy and political figures representing several million Orthodox Ukrainians», — stated in the press service of the Patriarchate.

«(The Ecumenical Patriarchate) has decided on the request to be in close communion with the other sister Orthodox churches for their information and coordination» — is listed in the text.

The Patriarchate of Constantinople added that his Synod had discussed the matter on 19 and 20 April.

Constantinople will consult with Moscow

As explained to RIA Novosti a source close to Fanaru, it means that the Patriarchate of Constantinople speak to all the other churches and will call an extraordinary Synod with the participation of all the Orthodox churches, which, however, does not provide the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church — because it requires a unanimous decision.

«The Patriarch of Constantinople has obligations to the Russian Orthodox Church», — said the source.

«The message of the Patriarchate of Constantinople means that it will convene an extraordinary Synod of all the Orthodox churches. This means that it will be the Russian Orthodox Church and other Slavic churches and all other churches and the Patriarchate. At the Phanar will gather 14 Orthodox churches to discuss the request. But they will not make decisions on the granting of autocephaly,» — said the Agency interlocutor.

According to him, before autocephaly received many Church and Bulgarian, and Romanian, and the Russian Orthodox Church centuries ago.

«All they received autocephaly from the Patriarchate of Constantinople, according to the sacred rules, and canons, he did not ask anybody (these churches were part of the Patriarchate of Constantinople). But in this case, (Christian) Patriarch did not want confrontations with Moscow. He will convene an extraordinary Synod with the participation of all representatives from all 14 churches, and there will be all resolved,» — said the Agency interlocutor.

«It is clear that, since the Synod will Patriarch Kirill, and others friendly to the Moscow Church, any decision on the admissibility of granting autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church cannot be. Since there will be Moscow», — said the Agency interlocutor.

Treatment Poroshenko

Poroshenko during a visit to Fanara April 9 appealed to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I with a request to grant autonomy or autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kiev Patriarchate, which, in the opinion of the President, will allow to create a single local Orthodox Church. April 17, Poroshenko was again sent to Patriarch Bartholomew I, the treatment of such a request, the document was supported by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate.

Before the pan-Orthodox Cathedral of 2016 in Crete, the Ukrainian members were asked to consider their appeal, but the Council refused to put the issue on the agenda.

Another appeal Poroshenko appeared just a few days after the telephone conversation of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Patriarch of Constantinople. Putin in this conversation on 3 April the Patriarch expressed a special appreciation for the constantly support the unity of the Orthodox world. Patriarch Bartholomew I said that «the Ecumenical Patriarchate will continue to play its coordinating role in favor of Orthodox unity».

According to experts on Church relations, Patriarch Bartholomew I is committed to preserve the unity of the whole Orthodox Church and will not do anything that will jeopardize the unity of Orthodoxy, especially after such statements the Russian President. Unilateral action without the consent of Moscow (the flock of the Russian Church is the most numerous among the Orthodox churches, about half of all Orthodox in the world) would have meant schism, experts say.

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