1Constantinople Doesn't Recognize Kyiv Church as under Moscow, Says Ukrainian Ort
- Mar 29, 2005"The Moscow Patriarchate consists of that territory which it
encompassed to the year 1686." Archbishop Vsevolod (Majdanski) of
the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA (UOC USA), a representative
of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, told this to
Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko at a meeting on 24 March 2005.
The archbishop added that Kyiv's "subjugation" to the Russian
Orthodox Church, starting that year and continuing to the present,
was not ratified by Constantinople.
According to the press release of the Ukrainian government, during
his discussion with Archbishop Vsevolod, Yushchenko stressed that
his government will not directly involve itself in ecclesiastical
matters. "We stand for the equality of all churches," the president
said. The meeting also centered on the necessity of developing
harmonious interdenominational relationships on the road to the
establishment of a local Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Archbishop
Vsevolod expressed the good wishes of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to
both President Yushchenko and the Ukrainian nation.
During the meeting with the president, Archbishop Vsevolod made a
statement which, according to the UOC USA public relations office,
reflects the position of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of
Constantinople: "The position of the Mother Church, the Patriarchate
of Constantinople, is that her daughter, the Moscow Patriarchate,
consists of that territory which it encompassed to the year 1686.
The subjugation of the Kyivan Metropolitanate to the Moscow
Patriarchate was concluded by Patriarch Dionysius without the
agreement or ratification of the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Great
Church of Christ (the Patriarchate of Constantinople)."
During his recent visit to Ukraine, Archbishop Vsevolod also met
with Patriarch Filaret, head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan
Patriarchate, Metropolitan Volodymyr, head of the Ukrainian Orthodox
ChurchMoscow Patriarchate, and Archbishop Makarii of the Ukrainian
Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC) in Lviv.
Another hierarch of the UOC USA, Archbishop Antony of the church's
eastern eparchy, also recently traveled to Ukraine and met with
On 11 March, Archbishop Antony met with Yushchenko to discuss the
continued ecclesiastical struggles in Ukraine and sought the
government's assistance in resolving the issues which divide the
church. The president expressed his deep desire to see a single,
united Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Ukraine and indicated that he
will work closely with all sides, in particular the Ecumenical
Patriarchate of Constantinople, to bring this unity about. The
archbishop also invited the president to visit South Bound
Brook/Somerset, New Jersey, the Metropolitanate Center of the UOC
USA, during his upcoming working visit to President Bush in
Washington, D. C. President Yuschenko expressed a sincere desire to
make that visit.
Archbishop Antony also met with hierarchs of the UAOC, Metropolitan
Andrii of Ivano-Frankivsk and Archbishop Makarii of Lviv, and with
clergy who serve in the UAOC Patriarchate Office in Kyiv to discuss
recent developments in the life of the church.
Source: UOC USA office of public relations http://www.interfax-