Bartholomew advised the ROC to recognize Ukrainians ‘ right to autocephaly

© AFP 2018 / Ozan Couplesteacher Orthodox Church of Constantinople Bartholomew I. Archival photoBartholomew advised the ROC to recognize Ukrainians ‘ right to autocephaly© 2018 AFP / Ozan Kose

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew called the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) to recognize Ukrainians ‘ right to autocephaly.

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 15 October announced the severance of communication with the Patriarchate of Constantinople on the canonical territory of the ROC, including Ukraine and Belarus.

The authorities in Kiev and non-canonical Church structure in Ukraine hope till the end of the year to receive the Tomos of autocephaly from Constantinople, but Tomos can get only the Primate of the «United» Church, it needs to select on the «unification Council» of the Orthodox churches in Ukraine, which date is not appointed yet. This canonical UOC said that is not going to participate in this event.

«The problem of Ukraine became the reason that we are faced with the brotherly Church of Russia. It is difficult to understand that as the Ecumenical Patriarchate released so many peoples in the Balkans than to weaken himself, but acknowledged their right to internal self-government, ecclesiastical independence, the autocephaly, and issued Tomasi on the establishment of local independent churches, and Moscow would have to recognize that the Ukrainian people that it is okay not Orthodox got for centuries to its jurisdiction, or more precisely in the office that nearly fifty people have the right to religious independence, the autocephaly,» said Bartholomew at the meeting with Metropolitan Necanicum and Calamaris Justin, who supported the actions of the Patriarch.

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 of Volokolamsk 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.