02 December 2005, 13:36
Archbishop of Thyateira: Patriarchate of Constantinople grants exclusive
recognition to the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox church
Kiev, December 2, Interfax - The Patriarchate of Constantinople 'grants
exclusive recognition to the canonical Ukrainian orthodox church' headed by
Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev and All Ukraine, archbishop Gregorios of
Thyateira and Great Britain who represented Patriarch Bartholomew at the
recent 70th jubilee of the UOC primate, said.
Interfax got this information from press service of the Ukrainian church
which is preparing a set of interviews given in Kiev by representatives of
the Orthodox churches throughout the world.
A hierarch of the Patriarchate of Constantinople denounced the transfer of
the see of the Ukrainian greek catholics from Lvov to Kiev and underscored
that Bartholomew I assessed these actions as 'proselytic'. The archbishop
said further that the Patriarchate of Constantinople sides with the
Orthodox church in Ukraine in its pain caused by proselytic activities of
the uniates and protestants, and also by the current schisms.
Head of the Greek diocese in Great Britain emphasized that the restoration
of church unity was possible only 'through repentance' as 'the canons are
the guideline which helps the church take correct decisions'.
As to the restitution of church property in Ukraine, archbishop Gregorios
pointed out that 'state leaders and politicians should find a reasonable
solution so that the things that are Caesar's be rendered to Caesar and to
God the things that are God's' and added that 'the Church is the mother of
The guest conveyed Patriarch Bartholomew's wish to Metropolitan Vladimir
for all ecclesiastical problems to be solved as soon as possible. 'He has
the strength with his experience and wisdom, with support of laymen and
clergy and in cooperation with the president and government to fulfil this
task', the archbishop said.