Constantinople has published a «justification» of Ukrainian autocephaly

© RIA Novosti / Yuri to Overinflate in photovacation of Constantinople Bartholomew I. Archival photoConstantinople has published a «justification» of Ukrainian autocephaly© RIA Novosti / Yuri to Overinflate the image Bank

The Patriarchate of Constantinople has published a 29-page text of the «Ecumenical throne and the Church of Ukraine the documents say,» which tried to justify the claim to the right to grant autocephaly to Ukraine.

In response, the Russian Orthodox Church pointed out several flaws in the arguments of Constantinople, and noted that the material may be false or it could be the wrong interpretation.

Last Sunday, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I declared that Ukraine will soon receive autocephaly, because «she has the right to receive the status». Against such decision was made by ROC and other patriarchs and metropolitans.

Documents Of Constantinople

Constantinople claims that the documents reveal «the historical and canonical truth.»

«The Ecumenical Patriarchate acknowledges the contribution of scholars, Greeks and Russians, which, thanks to his scientific contributions helped to restore the historical truth about the relationship between the Church of Ukraine with her mother-Church», — says the publication. The study was conducted with the support of the educational Foundation of the private Bank National Bank of Greece.

The introduction States that the main argument of opponents of Constantinople lies in the fact that «Ukraine is a canonical territory of the Moscow Patriarchate», and therefore, the actions of the Patriarchate of Constantinople alien ecclesiastical law.

«It is necessary that the Ecumenical Patriarchate recalled the historical and canonical truth about the relations of the Church of Constantinople and Church of Ukraine, it follows from surviving official documents, which, unfortunately, either through ignorance or deliberately hidden for various reasons», — stated in the article.

This is followed by an overview of the history of relations and excerpts from documents. In particular, Constantinople presents his point of view on the history of the Church in Ukraine and the Moscow Patriarch the right to appoint the Metropolitan of Kiev.

Constantinople «based on the study of official documents, saved or restored by scientists, not only Greek, but also Russian», comes to the conclusion that the Ecumenical Patriarchate never transferred the Kyivan Metropolitanate in the canonical territory of the Moscow Patriarchate. The article States that «according to all existing documents», the right of ordination of the Metropolitan of Kiev was granted to the Patriarch of Moscow «for financial reasons», «out of necessity» and «temporary nature».

«Official documents show that the Church of Constantinople has never betrayed de jure rights to their canonical Church of Ukraine… Thus, the Ecumenical Patriarch has the right and obligation to exercise maternal care of the Church of Ukraine in each case, when it deems necessary,» the article says.

«You can’t trust them»

Commenting on RIA Novosti information about the publication of documents, a member of the Synodal biblical-theological Commission of the Moscow Patriarchy Archpriest Andrey Novikov drew attention, in particular, that nowhere in the known documents does not use the word «temporarily» — that is, does not say that Kievan Metropolia was allegedly only temporarily transferred to the Moscow Patriarchate. At the same time, he noted, much depends on the interpretation of archival sources.

According to Novikov, stating that the right of ordination of the Metropolitan of Kiev Constantinople gave the Patriarch of Moscow from-for financial difficulties «for financial reasons», he in fact himself as evidence against him. «You can imagine, in General, to represent the seriousness of all this? The Patriarch can talk about his state, about his Church? That is, they have sunk to such… It’s the same thing as saying that our Church is knowingly corrupt, so she makes the decision,» said the priest.

Commenting on allegations that the Church of Constantinople never gave de jure their canonical rights of the Church of Ukraine, representative of the biblical-theological Commission has noticed that the Ukrainian Church had previously never existed – it was created in the framework of the Russian Orthodox Church, and before that there was only the Kievan Metropolitanate, which was transferred to the Russian Orthodox Church.

According to Novikov, Constantinople documents should be checked: «They can be forged, they can be with the wrong interpretation, we need to understand». In General, he believes, anything that tells the current of the Constantinople Patriarchate, not to be trusted. «We see in many of his statements, they lie, evade, contradict themselves… you can’t Trust them», he concluded.

Previously of Church-scientific center «Orthodox encyclopedia» also declared intention to publish all the documents associated with the reunification of the Kiev Metropolitan see with the Russian Orthodox Church in the XVII century and the historical background. More than 60 archival material already posted on the center’s website.

As stated in the Russian Church, published documents show the illegitimacy of the current claims of the Constantinople Patriarchate to the Ukrainian Church and confirm that the transfer of the Kyiv metropolis under the control of the Patriarch of Moscow was carried out with the filing of Constantinople and on an ongoing basis. Evaluation of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, collected «a vast array of documents, nearly 900 pages».