Patriarch Bartholomew: Constantinople never transferred to Ukraine under the authority of the Moscow Patriarchate

Патриарх Варфоломей:  Константинополь никогда не передавал Украину под власть Московского патриархата

Patriarch Bartholomew: “Constantinople never transferred to Ukraine under the authority of the Moscow Patriarchate”
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According to Patriarch Bartholomew, the rights of the Metropolitan of Kiev was broken while attaching it to the Moscow Patriarchate.

The Patriarchate of Constantinople is not transferred to the Ukrainian territory under the authority of the Moscow Patriarchate, and the merger was not made in a canonical way. This was stated by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, said his press service.

The Patriarch of Constantinople was held on Sunday, July 1, memorial services to mark the 40th day of the repose of Metropolitan of Pollen of the Evangel. After that, he made a speech, which talked a lot about Ukraine.

Constantinople never gave permission to transfer the territory of Ukraine to anyone, except the right of ordination of the Metropolitan of Kiev in Moscow on the terms of his election Cathedral in Kiev, the local Council and in strict reference to the Ecumenical Patriarch. It is stated in the Tomos of autocephaly, which the Mother Church bestowed on the Polish Church, our throne is not recognized by the office of the Kyiv metropolis and dependent Orthodox churches of Lithuania and Poland, and their accession to the Moscow Church, which was exercised against the canons, and was not respected the rights of the Metropolitan of Kiev, who bore the title of Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, said Bartholomew.

The right of ordination, which has the Moscow Patriarchate in relation to Kiev means that there can only to ordain priests and bishops in San, but not for administrative functions.

– We want as the Mother Church, the restoration of unity in Ukraine, a divided Church bodies – tens of millions of believers, baptized and educated direct care and missionary activity of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople… the great and Holy Church of Christ operates in the spirit of true love, is struggling today for a final decision of Church Affairs in Ukraine, – said Bartholomew.

In April of this year the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko appealed to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew with a request to grant autocephaly to the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.

The only canonical Orthodox Church in Ukraine at the moment is the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate. Other churches, including the Kyiv Patriarchate of Ukrainian Orthodox Church is not officially recognized by Constantinople and are not included in the Universal Orthodox Church.

By the WAY

The survey of Ukrainians about autocephaly: a third in favor, 20% against, and another third still

Traditionally, in different regions of the country to the problem of creation of autocephaly in Ukraine look from different angles. So, in the Western region with 58% support the initiative of the President of the country, in the Central – 35% South – 9%, East – 10% and in the Donbass is 18.5%.


The Tomos of autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has already been written

– Tomos is ready. He’s already written. I even know who wrote it – wrote my teacher at the University of Athens where I studied. This is one of the best canonists of the Orthodox world… And the texts he writes, the canonical – they are absolutely perfect. So I think that the Tomos is a wonderful document of canonicity. To him it would be impossible to show any claims. Tomos ready, – said Archimandrite.


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