Constantinople is waiting for the participation of UOC representatives in the «unification Council»

© AFP 2018 / Ozan Couplesteacher Orthodox Church of Constantinople Bartholomew I . Archival photoConstantinople is waiting for the participation of UOC representatives in the «unification Council»© 2018 AFP / Ozan Kose

Constantinople claims that the «unification Council» in Kiev is expected to involve all present in Ukraine, Church structures, including the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church. However, the UOC-MP has repeatedly stated that to participate in this event is not going to.

«It is expected that participation will be leaders of all existing ecclesiastical jurisdictions, which will elect the Primate of the Autocephalous Church of Ukraine. Interested in the bishops of the Church, Metropolitan Onufriy of the Moscow Patriarchate,» reads a short note in the official blog of the Patriarchate of Constantinople «Light Fanara». The publication notes that the Council may be convened by Metropolitan Emmanuel of France.

Earlier, the head of information Department of the UOC Archbishop klyment said that the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church will not participate in the «unification» Cathedral in Kiev, since the establishment of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Church does not meet the canonical standards.

That «unifying» the Church Council will be held December 15 in Kiev, said on Wednesday the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. The Church must proclaim the establishment of the Autocephalous local Orthodox Church in Ukraine, approve its Charter and elect the Primate. The project Charter was approved at the Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople from 27 to 29 November. However, judging by the publications, the new Church will be strongly limited in the rights – will not be able to decide important questions, to canonize saints, to cook the chrism for the sacrament of confirmation. The effect on Ukraine of the canonical UOC is fully Autonomous and takes decisions independently.

Of the Constantinople Patriarchate confirmed to RIA Novosti the date of the Council and reported that the Patriarchate did not include it in the official report of the Synod on 27-29 November.

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.

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.Constantinople is waiting for the participation of UOC representatives in the «unification Council»© RIA Novosti, Integratiebeleid in fotobanka in the Orthodox world: to be or not to be