Philaret and Macarius refused to guide the new Church in the Ukraine, learned media

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The primates of the two non-canonical churches — the head of self-proclaimed «Kiev Patriarchate» Filaret, the leader of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, Makarios wrote to Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople letters agree not to nominate their candidates for the post of the Primate of a United Autocephalous Church in Ukraine, said the publication «News».

According to a source in the inner circle Macarius, he acknowledged that he has due authority and capacity to seek election and were asked to determine only a candidate for representative from among the hierarchs of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

Filaret also is ready to refuse claims for a post of the Primate, but instead puts forward a number of conditions: the Council should recognize him as «honorable Patriarch» of the new Church, to secure for him the post of head of its Holy Synod and the Primate elect of the Patriarchal vicar of the non-canonical UOC-KP — Metropolitan Epiphanios.

But, as noted by «News», Constantinople is configured to solve the issue on its own: on 22 November can be a unifying and founding the Council, which the head of the new Church structure will choose influential in Constantinople, Archbishop job (Hecu).

The question of autocephaly

The Kiev authorities are seeking from the Constantinople Patriarchate of the autocephaly for the non-canonical Church structures in Ukraine. In mid-October, Constantinople announced that beginning this procedure. In particular, he abolished the act of 1686 on the transfer of the Kyiv Metropolitanate to the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate and lifted the anathema imposed by the Russian Orthodox Church Philaret and Macarius.

In Kiev I hope that Constantinople will issue a Tomos of autocephaly more this year, but getting it will be only the Primate of the «United» Church. The date of the «unification Council» is not yet appointed, although the speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Andrei Parubiy said that it could take place in late November. The canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church said it will not participate in this event.

The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has called the actions of Constantinople split and stopped Eucharistic communion with him throughout the canonical territory, including Ukraine and Belarus. As stated by Metropolitan Hilarion, Constantinople lost its right to be called the coordinating centre of Orthodoxy.

In addition, communication with Constantinople was broken, and the Russian Church abroad.

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