ROC commented on the publication of Constantinople in the history of the Church in Ukraine

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in photobacteria Bartholomew of Constantinople. Archival photoROC commented on the publication of Constantinople in the history of the Church in Ukraine© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator the image Bank

The Patriarchate of Constantinople is false information about the history of the Church in Ukraine, to establish truth need a serious scientific discussion with the use of archival documents, said on Thursday, RIA Novosti Deputy head of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Archpriest Nikolai Balashov.

The Patriarchate of Constantinople has published on its website the 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. The Church-scientific center «Orthodox encyclopedia» earlier also began publishing documents related to the reuniting of the Kiev Metropolitan see with the Russian Orthodox Church in the XVII century and the historical background. Assessment of the Moscow Patriarchate, collected «a vast array of documents, nearly 900 pages».

«The publication recently of a number of materials concerning this issue, representatives of the Constantinople makes possible at least an indirect argument on the question of the complex of documentary sources, and Russian Church to this debate ready,» — said the representative of the Moscow Patriarchate.

«We believe that this scientific discussion is extremely important because inaccurate on historical grounds the Church of Constantinople a decision of great importance for the whole Orthodox Church. Thoughtful debate will hopefully help the further development of dialogue on the Ukrainian ecclesiastical question, which, of course, must take into account not only the current situation of Orthodoxy in Ukraine, but also its history,» said FR.

He said that during the meeting in Istanbul on 31 August Russian Patriarch Kirill invited Constantinople Patriarch Bartholomew «to hold a meeting of scientists and bishops where we could discuss historical documents relating to the issue of incorporation of the Kyiv Metropolitanate into the Moscow Patriarchate in 1686».

«We in the Russian Orthodox Church carefully examined the whole complex of documentary evidence relating to this period. Scientists working in the archives and found there are a lot of documents that were not previously introduced into scientific circulation, worked with the Greek sources and sources in the Turkish language,» — said Balashov.

In the Orthodox encyclopedia reported earlier that a group of researchers under the leadership of the Russian Academy of Sciences Boris Flory did a great job, which is close to the end of the full publication of the documents is planned in late 2018 — early 2019. In addition, the Russian scientists will present a critical analysis of recently published several interviews and speeches by representatives of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, attempting to justify their claim to the Ukrainian Church.

«Some of the comments of the representatives of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, including the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew, was the interpretation of documents 1686 as allegedly representing only a temporary right to ordain patriarchs of Moscow, Metropolitan of Kiev. In fact, the documents suggest otherwise – there is no question of the temporary nature of this solution does not contain, as well as views about the incomplete nature of the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate on Kyiv Metropolitanate,» — said Balashov.

In subsequent publications, he added, the Russian scientists «will be able to stay deployed on the views of the Constantinople side.»

Earlier in the Russian Church stated that the published «the Orthodox ENCYCLOPAEDIA» the documents show the illegitimacy of the current claims of Constantinople for 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. In 1686 the Patriarch of Constantinople Dionysius gave to the Sainted Moscow all rights to jurisdiction over Ukrainian land.

In addition, a number of documents were published in Russian scientific theological magazine «Church and time» and will be released in the near October issue of the publication.

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