Date: 5 days ago   Category: Politics

Filaret: The Ukrainian church never was autocephalous

The head of Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev patriarchy Filaret said that the decision of the Synod of Universal patriarchy the Ukrainian church for the first time for more than one thousand years will gain independence.

the Decision of the Synod of Universal patriarchy in Istanbul about granting autocephaly of Ukrainian Orthodox Church is epoch-making. It was said on October 11 by the head of Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev patriarchy Filaret during the meeting with the president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. Video of a conversation was posted by the president's press secretary Svyatoslav Tsegolko in Facebook.

"The Ukrainian church never was autocephalous. It had the broad rights at the time of the Kiev princes, but was in structure of the Constantinople patriarchy. And then got to the Russian bondage and too was not free. In the 20th century, a code the Ukrainian people's republic appeared, it seems, revived autocephalous Ukrainian church, but right there she also died", - he told.

Filaret noted that it that occurs in Ukraine now, was not 1030. Therefore the Ukrainian people rejoice concerning the events.

"At me is red phone. All congratulate. But it only the beginning. We need to pass necessary steps", - the patriarch told. He assured

that he counts on voluntary creation of Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

"That voluntarily, - strong. And what violently, - collapses then... We still will think how to us to work further to create uniform orthodox church, without violating the rights and freedoms of citizens of Ukraine", - Filaret summed up.

the Synod of Universal patriarchy in Istanbul made a number of the decisions concerning autocephaly of Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The solution of the Constantinople patriarchy of 1686 on transfer of the Ukrainian church to management to the Moscow patriarch is cancelled. The anathema imposed by ROC is removed from the head of Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev patriarchy Filaret and the metropolitan of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church Makari, the initial status is returned to them.

called the Decision of the Synod of Poroshenko granting autocephaly of Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Official томос it will be received after unifying cathedral, the head of state told.

the Patriarch of Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the RC OF Filaret reported that not less than 10 hierarches of the Moscow patriarchy are already ready to pass into the joint church.



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