Autocephaly «one Church» in Ukraine will be nominal, stated in the ROC

© AFP 2018 / Genya SavilovПредстоятель non-canonical Church structures, the Ukrainian Patriarch Filaret. Archival photoAutocephaly «one Church» in Ukraine will be nominal, stated in the ROC© 2018 AFP / Genya Savilov

Autocephaly created Church structures in Ukraine will be nominal, the «unification Council» will not have the right to revise already approved by the Synod of the Constantinople Patriarchate the project Charter and the Tomos of autocephaly of the new organization, said Wednesday RIA Novosti Secretary of the Department for external Church relations (DECR) of the Moscow Patriarchate on inter-Orthodox relations, Archpriest Igor Yakimchuk.

The Greek Church news Agency has previously published one page of the draft Charter of the Church of Ukraine, which was approved by the Synod of the Constantinople Patriarchate at the meeting of 27-29 November. According to the publication, the new «United Church» of Ukraine, probably, will be created on the model of the Cretan – its head is Metropolitan and not a Patriarch. The Church of Crete is semi-Autonomous, it is subject to the Patriarch of Constantinople, its head bears the title of Archbishop.

In the draft of the Charter, reported by some Ukrainian media, said that «the Ukrainian Church» can receive the chrism only from Istanbul and it will be «inextricably linked» with the Patriarchate of Constantinople. The Council of bishops of the new Church in global issues to communicate with the Patriarch of Constantinople, to inform her of your decision. «One local Church» also can not canonize its saints, and will submit their names to Constantinople for approval. The draft contains several other requirements.

«Recent media exposure of the project of the Charter of this structure suggests that the autocephaly will be nominal, and Constantinople, the advance reserves the right, fixing the dependence on him of the new Church. This document was developed by the Patriarchate of Constantinople in order to establish a precedent of implementation novoispechennoy doctrine of the «primacy without equal», not corresponding to the traditional Orthodox teaching on the nature of the Church,» said Yakimchuk.

The representative of the DECR noted that the statements of the representatives of the authorities of Ukraine that the draft Statute may be reviewed at the Cathedral, «should be taken with skepticism, as laid out in the Istanbul Charter in its content can not meet made the Tomos of autocephaly, which the Cathedral in Kiev, scheduled for December 15, to review for sure I can not».

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday declared that «the unification» Church Council held on December 15 in Kyiv. This information was later confirmed by RIA Novosti and the Constantinople Patriarchate.

«The fact that the so-called unification Council announce not Church leaders, and the President of Ukraine and accountable officials are, once again confirms the fact of illegal interference of secular officials in the internal Affairs of the Church», added Yakimchuk, commenting on the statement Poroshenko.

He noted that in his comments, the Ukrainian officials «slyly ducking a question, on what conditions the Patriarchate of Constantinople is planning to grant autocephaly to the Ukrainian authorities created the Church structure.»

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 is scheduled for 15 December in the capital of the country. 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 the division.Autocephaly «one Church» in Ukraine will be nominal, stated in the ROC© RIA Novosti, Integratiebeleid in fotobanka in the Orthodox world: to be or not to be