Constantinople to Review UAOC's Request
- Constantinople to Review UAOC's Request to Come Under the Jurisdiction of
the Ecumenical Patriarchate
Tuesday, 01 September 2009 14:09
01.09.2009, [21:46] // UAOC // risu.org.ua
CONSTANTINOPLE - The letter to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew from the
Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC) will be reviewed at the
session of the Holy Synod in Constantinople on September 28, 2009.
UNIAN-Religion reported that General Secretary of the Holy Synod of the
Ecumenical Patriarchate Archimandrite Elpidophoros Lambriniadis informed the
publication "Kommersant-Ukraina" of this.
After the session of the Holy Synod, a delegation of the Ecumenical
Patriarchate will come to Ukraine for further review. "No decision will be
made fast or spontaneously. We are planning the visit of the Patriarchate's
delegation to Ukraine for the beginning of October. During the visit there
will be a meeting between representatives of the Holy Synod and Metropolitan
Mefodiy (head of the UAOC), where the given question will be discussed,
after which we will make a definitive decision," said the archimandrite.
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) skeptically
regards the perspective of the UAOC coming under the jurisdiction of the
Ecumenical Patriarchate. "The UAOC has practically no chances - during
Patriarch Bartholomew's visit to Kyiv he clearly made it understood that he
will only converse with a canonical Church, thus with us," the press
secretary of the head of t he UOC-MP proto-hierarch Heorhij Kovalenko is
quoted by "Kommersant."
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patriarchate (UOC-KP) responds the same
way to the letter of Metropolitan Mefodiy. "We really doubt that Patriarch
Bartholomew will accept the UAOC under his omophorion, the more so since it
is a small Orthodox jurisdiction," said the head of the
informational-publication department of the UOC-KP Bishop Yevstratiy
(Zorya). He believes that the UAOC's appeal to Constantinople was influenced
by the head of the Russian Orthodox Church's visit to Ukraine. "After Kirill's
visit to Ukraine, the UAOC understood that Moscow will not support the
creation of a national church in Ukraine, so they again focused their
attention on Constantinople," feels Bishop Yevstratij.
As RISU reported, on August 26, 2009, the Hierarchal Synod of the UAOC sent
an appeal to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew with a request to accept
the UAOC into the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate with rights of
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