Constantinople proceeded to the granting of autocephaly churches in Ukraine

© AFP 2018 / Ozan Counselingi the Patriarch, the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Constantinople Bartholomew I. Archival photoConstantinople proceeded to the granting of autocephaly churches in Ukraine© 2018 AFP / Ozan Kose

The Synod of the Church of Constantinople was restored to the dignity of heads uncanonical «Kiev Patriarchate and Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church» and announced the resumption of action for the granting of autocephaly churches in Ukraine.

«To receive and consider petitions for appeal of Filaret Denisenko, Macarius of Miletich and their followers caught in the split is not for dogmatic reasons, in accordance with the canonical prerogatives of the Patriarch of Constantinople to receive such treatment from the bishops and other clergy from all Autocephalous Churches. So the above was the canonical way are restored to their hierarchical or priestly rank, and of their faithful was restored to communion with the Church», — is spoken in the decision of the Synod KPC, published on its official website.

The Synod also decided «to confirm the decision that the Ecumenical Patriarchate will now proceed to the granting of autocephaly to the Church of Ukraine.»

Legalization of the schism

The Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople took on Thursday of «disastrous decisions for themselves and for the world of Orthodoxy, which can be called the «legalization of the split», said press Secretary of the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill, the priest of Alexander Volkov.

«You can actually call what was made today at the Synod of the Church of Constantinople, the legalization of the schism. We clearly can see quite clearly that the Patriarchate of Constantinople did not stop in his decisions, not his mind, and all the many voices that were heard very loudly from all sides of world Orthodoxy, unfortunately, was not heard in Istanbul. Today the Patriarchate of Constantinople takes disastrous decisions — first and foremost, for myself, and the whole world of Orthodoxy», — said the wolves in the TV channel «Spas».

«As we can see, the Patriarchate of Constantinople have already crossed the red line,» he added.

The head of the Ukrainian analytical center «Third sector» Andrei Zolotarev, in turn, said that the decision of the Patriarchate of Constantinople about the beginning of granting autocephaly to Ukraine could lead to the most powerful over the millennia of schism in Orthodoxy.

However, he believes that it suspended the decision. «Bartholomew is still the swindler, who understands that one day the service provided shall not be payable. Accordingly, he created a situation where he wins. Myself and Tomos may remain in the stale state, the solution can last indefinitely. And the metropolis is, in fact, will create the UOC of the Patriarchate of Constantinople», — said Zolotarev.

Gross distortion of Church history

The press Secretary of Patriarch Kirill, priest Alexander Volkov called «a gross misreading of Church history» the decision of the Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople to cancel its own decision in 1686 on the transition of the Kyiv Metropolitanate to the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate.

«It’s just rude and totally incompetent distortion of Church history, the reality which is completely different,» said wolves in the air of TV channel «Spas».

According to him, bishops of the Patriarchate of Constantinople is based «not on facts, not on historical sources, but only for a very strange and absolutely inappropriate fabrications of people who, in principle, before ever the history of the Church in Ukraine is not engaged».

«Unprecedented anticanonical action»

The Patriarchate of Constantinople has made «unprecedented anticanonical action», entered into canonical communion with schismatics and excommunicated from the Church, said Thursday in his telegram channel in the head of the Synodal Department for Church and society and the media Vladimir Legoyda.

«The Patriarchate of Constantinople suffered unprecedented anticanonical action, a attempt of destruction of the foundations of the Orthodox canonical order. Otherwise it is impossible to evaluate the statement of Constantinople on the entry into canonical communion with schismatics and with a person excommunicated from the Church,» — said Legoyda.

The ROC does not recognize

The decision of the Patriarchate of Constantinople on the lifting of the anathema from the head of the schismatic Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the so-called «Kiev Patriarchate» Filaret Denisenko and restoration of Sana’a and the rights of the head of the schismatic Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Macarius of Miletich and their followers — could not be recognized, because it contradicts to the norms of Church order, said RIA Novosti Deputy Chairman of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Archpriest Nikolai Balashov.

«The decision of the Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople finds itself in flagrant contradiction with the fundamental canonical norms of Church order and as such can not be recognized as valid,» — said Balashov, RIA Novosti in response to the question, does this step Constantinople the position of the two mentioned persons and institutions in the Orthodox world or they remain non-canonical for all other local Orthodox churches in the world, besides Constantinople.

Balashov said that a full «assessment of the current canonical acts of the Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople» will give the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church at the next meeting on October 15 in Minsk.

The reaction of the UOC

Constantinople proceeded to the granting of autocephaly churches in Ukraine© AFP 2018 / Genya SavilovВ ROC think that is quite clear the absurdity of the lifting of the anathema from FileReference Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in Ukraine is non-canonical and interference in the Affairs of the local Church, said to RIA Novosti, the Chairman of the Synodal information Department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Archbishop Kliment (Vecherya).

«Such actions of the Patriarch of Constantinople are absolutely non-canonical and interference on the territory of another local Church,» said the Archbishop.

He believes that the decision of the Synod concerning the establishment of an Autocephalous Church would be difficult to implement. «I think that statements statements, but their implementation in life will be much harder than it seems. As ambition Filaret (head of the non-canonical Church in Ukraine — ed.) to the Patriarchate is known to all, and it will be the main obstacle to the convening of the so-called unification of the Cathedral,» said Clement.

In Ukraine there will be other churches

Constantinople proceeded to the granting of autocephaly churches in Ukraine© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in photomaximum KPC decided to open in Ukraine, the monastery under the jurisdiction Varfolomeyeva non-canonical Church in Ukraine, Filaret promised that after receiving autocephaly in the country will be able to exist other churches, including the Russian.

«The creation in Ukraine of a unified Ukrainian Orthodox Church does not mean that our Ukrainian territory may not be another Church. There is a view of the Russian Church. Those Ukrainian diocese who will not join a single Ukrainian Orthodox Church, will have the right to be called the Ukrainian Church. And right to exist will be», — said Filaret.

Petro Poroshenko is committed to achieve recognition of non-canonical religious structures and creation on their basis one local Autocephalous Church in Ukraine, ignoring their own promises not to interfere in Church Affairs.

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