The Georgian Church did not comment on the situation in Ukraine before the meeting of the Synod

© Sputnik / Alexander Imedashvili in the center of Tbilisi. Archival photoThe Georgian Church did not comment on the situation in Ukraine before the meeting of the Synod© Sputnik / Alexander Imedashvili

The Georgian Church did not comment on the situation with the possibility of granting autocephaly churches in Ukraine before the meeting of the Holy Synod, told RIA Novosti press-service of the Patriarchate.

«The position of the Georgian Orthodox Church in this regard will announce the Holy Synod at the end of the meeting,» — said the Patriarch, without specifying exactly when it will happen.

The Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople has previously stated that it has started the granting of autocephaly churches in Ukraine. It also adopted a decision on the removal of the anathema with the heads of the two non-canonical Church structures in Ukraine — a self-proclaimed «Patriarch» Filaret Denisenko, anathematized by the Russian Orthodox Church in 1997, and Macarius of Maletich (Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church). Constantinople also declared their rights to Ukraine and annulled the obligation of historical writing in 1686, which gave the right of Moscow Patriarch to appoint Metropolitan of Kiev.

ROC called the decision of the Synod the legalization of the secession and stated that they will cause catastrophic damage, touching the lives of millions of people not only in Ukraine but throughout the Orthodox world. Communication with Constantinople schismatics destroys the canonical Orthodoxy, the absurdity of the lifting of the anathema with Filaret obvious, said press Secretary of the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill.

UOC, in turn, did not rule out a break communion with Constantinople and the imposition of an anathema on the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew, noting that he believes the decision of Constantinople for the Ukrainian non-canonical churches, deeply hostile act and interference in the Affairs of the local Church.