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