In Constantinople confirmed the date of the Congress of the «Ukrainian Church»

© AFP 2018 / Ozan Conlmittee of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. Archival photoIn Constantinople confirmed the date of the Congress of the «Ukrainian Church»© 2018 AFP / Ozan Kose

The representative of the Patriarchate of Constantinople confirmed to RIA Novosti that «the unification» Church Council on Ukraine held on December 15.

«We in the Patriarchate did not include it in the official report (at the end of the Synod on 27-29 November). Now there (in Ukraine) is preparation. But the date of 15 December, I can confirm,» — said the Agency interlocutor.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday declared that «the unification» Church Council held on December 15 in Kyiv. The Church is expected to 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 Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate is completely Autonomous and takes decisions independently.

Asked to comment on the message of the Church news Agency Romfea that the new «United Church» of Ukraine will be built on the model of the Cretan Church and will be semi-Autonomous, representative Fanara (the residence of the Patriarch of Constantinople) said that he had not seen the draft Charter, which was approved by the Synod.

According to him, he could not confirm whether the website Romfea published part of the text of the Charter.

He also found it difficult to answer the question whether to hold a Church Council in Ukraine in conditions of martial law imposed by President Poroshenko. «I can’t answer as I don’t know exactly the political part of the law on the military situation», — said the representative of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

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 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.

In Constantinople confirmed the date of the Congress of the «Ukrainian Church»© RIA Novosti / Vitaly Policypro Autocephalous

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