The name of the head of the Autocephalous Church of Ukraine called for the «unification Council»

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The head of the Ukrainian non-canonical structures Patriarch Filaret said that the decision on whether to apply for the post of the head of the Autocephalous Church in Ukraine, has not yet been made. It will be known at the «unification Council», he said.

Thus Filaret recalled that in the past as the main was seen on his candidacy.

«I thank the bishops for a vote of confidence to me… What would be my response to the above proposal on the election if it will be announced officially at the Council — I also formally inform the Cathedral, justifying before him the vision and the solution. And expecting him support my position», — stated in the official statement published in Facebook.
Candidates and their chances

Earlier, the Chairman of the Department for external Church relations (DECR) of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk said that the most probable candidates on a post of the head of the «Autocephalous Church» are the Exarch of Constantinople, Archbishop Daniel (Zelinsky) and Archbishop job (Hecha), «which has recently been increasingly active in the Ukrainian direction».

Speaking about chances of the heads of the non-canonical associations Filaret Denisenko and Macarius of Miletich, the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church said that «to Constantinople, of course, it would be important to structure headed by a canonical Bishop, and not any of the number of the schismatics» — this would give «greater legitimacy to the new structure».

In addition, the new «Autocephalous Church» have suggested to head the Metropolitan Simeon of Vinnitsa is the only Bishop who took part in the Council of bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and refused to sign the statement of the Cathedral, said the head of the DECR.

«Unification Council»

Earlier it was reported that holding a «unifying Council» is scheduled for November 22. Later this information was denied, a new date is not yet known.

The Ukrainian edition of «Voice of UA» wrote that for the preparation of the Council is to come to Kyiv, a representative of Constantinople.

This canonical UOC said that is not going to participate in the Cathedral. Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk has called it «predatory bunch». He also expressed doubt that it would come from ten to 25 canonical bishops, as reported by the media.

The outcome of the Assembly plan to submit at the session of the Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, which will take place 28-30 November. Once it’s finished, signed by Patriarch Bartholomew Tomos will be awarded to the Primate of the new Church structure mentioned in the publications.

Split over autocephaly

The Patriarchate of Constantinople, 9-11 October 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 in Kiev (status submission directly to the Patriarch of 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 solution was adopted and the Synod of the Russian Church abroad. According to Metropolitan Hilarion, Constantinople lost its right to be called the coordinating centre of Orthodoxy.

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, however, it can provide only the Primate of the «United» Church, which to select on the «unification Council».

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