Patriarch Bartholomew explained the granting of autocephaly to Ukraine «concern»

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in photobacteria Bartholomew of Constantinople. Archival photoPatriarch Bartholomew explained the granting of autocephaly to Ukraine «concern»© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator the image Bank

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew called «loving care» of the Church the only motive for granting autocephaly to Ukraine, and reports of other incentives – fiction.

Intentions Fanara to grant autocephaly churches in Ukraine have drawn sharp criticism and rejection of several Orthodox churches, including Russian Orthodox Church, a considerable part of politicians. The Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Bartholomew «picks provocations» in direct public support of the United States.

The Greek newspaper «Orthodox truth» («Orthodoxy Alicia») on October 24 published an article under the heading «Persuaded Bartholomew… in gold — As the Serbs prevented the autocephaly of the Church of Skopje is Why the Ecumenical Patriarch suddenly changed his mind», which States that Bartholomew had intended to grant autocephaly to the Church in the Republic of Macedonia, broke away from the Serbian Orthodox Church, but after a visit to the Fanar of the delegation of the Serbian Orthodox Church and changed his mind. The Patriarchate of Constantinople, then immediately denied the publication of the bribery of Bartholomew.

Earlier, the Ukrainian site investigations Ord-ua said that the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko had allegedly collected from the oligarchs $ 25 million for «rewards» Patriarch Bartholomew for the publication of Tomos «Ukrainian autocephaly,» but gave him only 10 million, in connection with which the President was suspected of assigning the remaining 15 million.

On Sunday the Patriarch of Constantinople raised the subject of autocephaly to the Church of St. Demetrios in Kilaparti the Liturgy, which was attended by Ukrainian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Sibiga and the Consul General of Ukraine in Istanbul Alexander Gaman.

«Loving care for the people of God in Ukraine, about the people that has suffered splits and different violations, and earnestly desiring communion in Christ and unity was the motive and unfailing criterion for the decision of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to grant autocephaly to him,» said Bartholomew.

«What is said and written, shamelessly, other motives relative judgments of the Ecumenical Throne is fiction», — quotes the Patriarch press service of the 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 Monday 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.

Patriarch Bartholomew explained the granting of autocephaly to Ukraine «concern»© RIA Novosti / Vitaly Policypro Autocephalous

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