Bartholomew promised to solve the Ukrainian question «in the canonical order»

© AFP 2018 / Ozan Counselingi the Patriarch, the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Constantinople Bartholomew I. Archival photoBartholomew promised to solve the Ukrainian question «in the canonical order»© 2018 AFP / Ozan Kose

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew said that the issue of granting autocephaly to Ukraine will be solved «in the canonical order and for the benefit of the Ukrainian people.»

«Rest assured that we will solve the Ukrainian question in the canonical order and for the benefit of the Ukrainian people,» said Bartholomew, in the welcoming environment of Metropolitan Vera, Newskogo and Kubanische Panteleimon and the accompanying numerous members of the clergy, monks and laity of his diocese.

Bartholomew’s statement published on Thursday the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

Earlier, the Patriarchate of Constantinople decided to proceed with the granting of autocephaly churches in Ukraine, and to immediately restore the stavropegic (office, directly subordinate to the Patriarch of Constantinople) in Kiev. Constantinople also decided to cancel the anathema and all prohibitions imposed by the Orthodox Church at the head of the self-proclaimed «Kiev Patriarchate» Filaret, and restore it, and also the leader of another non — canonical structure-the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC) Macarius and their followers in the Church rights and dignity. And their flock — «to restore to communion with the Church.» Thus, Constantinople was first recognized as legitimate schismatic Church structures in Ukraine. In addition, the Patriarchate of Constantinople has actually said about their rights in Ukraine, withdrawing legal obligations historical writing in 1686 on the transfer to the Moscow Patriarch the right to appoint the Metropolitan of Kiev, who was elected Cathedral of his diocese.

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.

Because of the decision of Constantinople to begin providing non-canonical autocephaly churches in Ukraine, which the Russian Orthodox Church is called the schism, the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church on 16 October announced the severance of communication with the Patriarchate of Constantinople on the canonical territory of the ROC, including Ukraine and Belarus. The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has called canonically void, and saw politics in the abolition of Constantinople by the act of 1686 on the transfer of the Kyiv Metropolitanate to the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate.

The head of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion said that Constantinople lost its right to be called the coordinating centre of Orthodoxy. In the Russian Orthodox Church hope that Constantinople will change the decision to give the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church, and before that he will be in schism.

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