Georgian Patriarchate Wont Comment on UOC-MP Orthodox Statements
30.01.2006, [17:38] // Orthodox //
Kyiv Archpriest David Sharashenidze, head of the press service of the
Georgian Patriarchate, refused to comment on a statement distributed in the
name of the Chancellery of the Georgian Patriarchate by the press service
of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP). The
statement in question regards the canonical status of clergy associated
with a new parish for Georgian Orthodox faithful which opened in Kyiv on 22
January. RISUs Ukrainian-language site posted the news on 30 January 2006.
A statement had been spread saying that Bishop Christopher (Samalaidze) and
Archpriest Vasyl (Kobakhidze) of the Orthodox Church of Georgia (GOC), who,
together with Patriarch Filaret (Denysenko), head of the Ukrainian Orthodox
Church-Kyivan Patriarchate (UOC-KP), celebrated a Liturgy on 22 January at
a new parish in Kyiv for Georgian Orthodox faithful, are forbidden to serve.
According to the press service of the UOC-KP, a copy of the statement in
question which it received by fax lacked input data and the signature of a
person who could possibly confirm the accuracy of the text.
Representatives of the Georgian delegation reported that all official
statements of the GOC are released by the press service of the GOC and not
by the chancellery.
Representatives of the UOC-KP also doubt information about a phone
conversation of Metropolitan Volodymyr (Sabodan), head of the UOC-MP, with
Catholicos Illia II, head of the GOC, as its fact and contents cannot be
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