Meeting of Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop of Athens Jerome will not take place

© RIA Novosti / Gennady Melnichenko of Athens and all Greece Hieronymus during his speech at the parliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy in Athens. 25 Jun 2018Meeting of Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop of Athens Jerome will not take place© RIA Novosti / Gennady Melnik

Planned by the Patriarchate of Constantinople to meet Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop of Athens and all Greece Jerome on Friday will not take place because of the Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church, told RIA Novosti the Metropolitan Dodunski Chrysostom.

«There is no meeting. The Archbishop is the Chairman at the meeting of the hierarchs. Elections (Metropolitan of Larissa). How can he go from there?» — said the Metropolitan.

The meeting was listed in the program of the visit to Greece of Patriarch Bartholomew, published by the press service. «The meeting could not take place because the Patriarch didn’t know exactly what will be the Synod. The Patriarch now leaving from Athens,» said Metropolitan Chrysostomos.

The question was discussed whether the autocephaly of Ukraine for the Synod, the Metropolitan said no. «This is a problem of the Patriarch of Constantinople,» said the Metropolitan.

In addition, he answered negatively to the question whether the cancellation of the meeting with the decision of the Greek court, supported by Patriarch Bartholomew in a dispute with Archbishop Jerome affiliation of the Church of St. George in Athens. «No, the cancellation is related only to the conduct of the Synod. Now choose the Metropolitan of Larissa», he said.

Earlier, a source in Church circles told RIA Novosti that the Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church refused to include in the agenda of the official discussion of the issue of granting autocephaly to Ukraine, despite the suggestion of a number of metropolitans. According to the interlocutor of the Agency, this issue is being discussed informally, that is, in between meetings.

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is trying to achieve recognition of non-canonical religious structures and of establishing a local Autocephalous Church in Ukraine, though, and promised not to interfere in the Affairs of the Church. Earlier, the Patriarchate of Constantinople «in preparation for the granting of autocephaly» was appointed its Exarch in Kyiv. In addition, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has stated that it intends to provide Ukraine Autocephalous. In the UOC called such actions by invading the canonical territory of other local churches and called on Patriarch Bartholomew to stop meddling and «exarchs» of the Patriarchate of Constantinople to leave Kiev.

The Russian Orthodox Church, in turn, went to the actual «break diplomatic relations» with the Patriarchate of Constantinople. The Synod of the Russian Church announced a cease commemoration of Patriarch Bartholomew during the Patriarch’s divine services. In addition, a decision was made to exit from the structures, which is chaired by the representatives of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church with Constantinople was in this crisis only once in all its more than thousand-year history.

The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Synod of bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church abroad, the Holy Synod of the UOC has suspended the service with the bishops of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. In the Russian Orthodox Church noted that none of the local churches does not support the project of Ukrainian autocephaly.