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Patriarch Filaret Asks Ecumenical Orthodoxy Not To Consider Question of Autocephaly Without Kyivan Patriarchate

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      Patriarch Filaret Asks Ecumenical Orthodoxy Not To Consider Question of
      Autocephaly Without Kyivan Patriarchate
      17 January 2013

      Patriarch Filaret of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patriarchate
      addressed Patriarch of Constantinople and heads of the local Orthodox
      Churches with the request not to consider at the next All-Orthodox
      Council the question of autocephaly, autonomy and Diptychons without the
      Churches seeking the recognition.

      The text of the letter of the primate was published by the web site of
      UOC-KP <http://www.cerkva.info/uk/news/patriarkh/3039-predstojateliam.html>.

      "We are deeply convinced that the settlement of the issue of
      autocephaly, method of its declaration and recognition is impossible
      without the participation and consideration of the position of the
      Churches currently seeking recognition of their autocephaly (Ukrainian
      Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patriarchate, Macedonian Orthodox Church, Ohrid
      Archbishopric (Montenegrin Orthodox Church) and Orthodox Church in USA)
      contradicts the council traditions of the Orthodox Church, the Holy
      Scripture which calls to listen to both sides before making a judgment.
      That is exactly why any decision regarding autocephaly made in any way
      without the participation of the mentioned Churches will not settle the
      issue and will remain fruitless," reads the address.

      According to Patriarch Filaret, granting autocephaly, the issue of
      ecumenism is rather sharp. Therefore, the churches in question should be
      involved in the preparation of the council.

      "If the All-Orthodox Council does not consider the question of
      autocephaly and the question of attitude to ecumenical activity, the
      event becomes unjustified," noted the hierarch.




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