Advisor Poroshenko came to the Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople

© AFP 2018 / Ozan Counselingi the Patriarch, the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Constantinople Bartholomew I. Archival photoAdvisor Poroshenko came to the Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople© 2018 AFP / Ozan Kose

Advisor to the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko Rostislav Pavlenko said that he discussed with the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew the events in Ukraine and the steps to receive the Tomos of autocephaly.

«On behalf of the President of Ukraine located in Istanbul, November 27-29, where occurs the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Was passed yesterday by the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Had a long warm conversation about the events in Ukraine and about the final steps to receive the Tomos of autocephaly (complete independence) of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine — according to the decisions of the Synod,» Pavlenko wrote on his page in Facebook.

Earlier Poroshenko promised that neither he nor the government will interfere in the Affairs of the Church. However, despite these promises, made from Constantinople the recognition of non-canonical Church in Ukraine, which the Russian Orthodox Church called schismatic.

Now the government of Ukraine 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.

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 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.

Metropolitan Hilarion said that Constantinople lost its right to be called the coordinating centre of Orthodoxy. In the ROC I hope that Constantinople will change the decision to give the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church, and before that he will be in schism.

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