The decision about the possibility of further dialogue with the Greek Church, recognize the PCU, will take the Holy Synod of the UOC, Photo: UOCthe decision on the further stay in Eucharistic communion and concelebration with the clergy of the Greek Orthodox Church accepts the Holy Synod of the UOC.
29 Oct 2019 it became known that the Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church Archbishop of Athens and all Greece Jerome sent the head of the DNC Epiphanius letter No. 4751 (from 21.10.19), which the Church of Greece declares the actual recognition of the ptsu. In this regard, the Department for external Church relations of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church published an official statement that the SPM results completely.
“We Express our regret with this decision which is contrary to the Holy canons and the tradition of the Church, and is a big mistake that causes harm to the Orthodoxy in Ukraine and the pan-Orthodox unity. This decision is the knife in the back of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which had suffered from schism and continues to suffer from schismatics and today, defending the canonical order in the Church.
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church have repeatedly expressed their position to the attention of the Primate and bishops of the Greek Orthodox Church and informed about the real situation in the Church environment of Ukraine. Unfortunately, the Greek Orthodox Church sided with erroneous actions of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.
It is a pity that the interests of the Greek solidarity that today is actually a manifestation of ethnophiletism, above the interests of the whole fullness of Orthodoxy. It is a pity that geopolitical and political factors prevailed over the Orthodox Church in Greece, which was subjected to external pressure.
However, we Express our heartfelt gratitude to the bishops, priests, monks and laymen of the Greek Orthodox Church, who raised his voice and called the Archbishop Hieronymus and the hierarchy of the Church of Greece not to do it bravely and boldly testified of the truth and defended the canonical order in the Church.
In the history of the Orthodox Church, especially in the era of the Ecumenical Councils, but not only, there were many moments when supporters of heresies and schisms have obtained a temporary victory over the Church. However, sooner or later, the time came and the truth of Christ prevailed. I have no doubt that this will happen this time, even if the wait would be long.
It is a pity that their actions in recognition of the split, entering into liturgical communion with people who have no legal ordination, the Church of Greece poses an open question about the possibility of our future Eucharistic communion with her.
The final decision about the possibility of further stay in communion and concelebration with the clergy of the Greek Orthodox Church will host the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.”
We will remind, on October 12, 2019 at an extraordinary Council of bishops of the Greek Orthodox Church Archbishop of Athens and all Greece, Jerome made a proposal to recognize ptsu. The hierarchy of the Greek Church entrusted to the Archbishop the right to start the commemoration of the head of the newly formed schismatic structures in the diptychs during the divine service.
Today, the DNC announced that on October 28 Epiphanius Dumenko had received from the Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church Archbishop of Athens and all Greece Hieronymus II peace instrument. In the letter the Archbishop has indicated that the decision of Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople regarding the creation of ptsu brought to the Church of Greece joy, and wished the Epiphany “to liberate the Church completely from the anxiety which agitated her, destroying her unity”.