The clergy of Vinnytsia did not support Metropolitan Simeon said in the ROC

CC BY 3.0 / Vodnik / Metropolitan Vinnitsa and Barsky Simeon (Shostatsky). Archival photoThe clergy of Vinnytsia did not support Metropolitan Simeon said in the ROCCC BY 3.0 / Vodnik /

The clergy of Vinnytsia was not supported by his Metropolitan Simeon, who refused to recognize the decision of the Council of bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. This was announced by the head of the Synodal Department of the Moscow Patriarchate on relations of the Church with society and mass-media Vladimir Legoyda in his Telegram channel.

On Tuesday in Kiev-Pechersk Lavra held a meeting of the Holy Synod, then the bishops, who said that the interference of Constantinople in the internal Affairs of another local Church and attempts to resolve the question of the Church with the participation of public authorities and schismatics is invalid. The Synod said about Eucharistic communion with Constantinople.

It was assumed that in a large meeting with bishops will be attended by the President of Ukraine, but he did not come. Later Poroshenko met with three representatives of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, among whom was Simeon. «Strenia» with reference to its sources reported that he asked the Metropolitan to become the «right hand» of the future head of the new «Autocephalous Churches».


In October of Constantinople announced the beginning of the process of granting autocephaly Churches in Ukraine. He overturned the decision of 1686 on the transition of the Kyiv Metropolitanate to the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate and declared the restoration of stavropigio (status submission directly to Constantinople).

Then Poroshenko said that the Russian Orthodox Church has nothing to do in Ukraine.

In the ROC these actions are called split and severed Eucharistic communion with Constantinople on the canonical territory, including Ukraine and Belarus. Later the same decision was taken by the Synod of the Russian Church abroad.

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

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