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Kyiv Orthodox theological Academy published a translation of the study of the Ecumenical Patriarchate with photographs of ancient documents, which, according to its authors, proves that the Moscow Patriarchate illegally seized Ukrainian Church a few centuries ago. The material is available on the Academy website.
The study claims that in 1589 the Metropolitan of Moscow received the status of a Patriarchate, however, the Kievan Metropolitanate continued to submit to the Ecumenical Patriarchate through delegated exarchs or decision of the Patriarch. The question of the Church’s integration with the Moscow stood up “after the political unification of Ukraine with Russia in 1654”. However, the “metropolitans, bishops, clergy, gentry, and all the people of Ukraine strongly rejected the” Association, say the theologians.
In 1686 Constantinople issued a Patriarchal and Synodal act of transfer of the Kyiv metropolis Moscow. However, he only gave the Moscow Patriarchate the right to ordain the Metropolitan of Kiev, with the permission of the Ecumenical Patriarch. During the Liturgy Metropolitan of Kiev had to remember “among the first” name of the Ecumenical Patriarch. This is “the clearest proof” that the Kiev diocese, was not canonical territory of the Moscow Patriarchate, the study said. In the future, the dependence of the Kyivan Metropolitanate of the Ecumenical Patriarchate “was illegally converted into annexation and merger of Ukraine with the Moscow Patriarchate”.
In early September, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to Kyiv sent two exarchs for the preparation of the granting of autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church. The clergy were received by the President of the country Petro Poroshenko. The ROC strongly opposed to autocephaly.
In Ukraine there are three religious organizations that call themselves Orthodox churches. This is the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, which does not require autocephaly from the Russian Orthodox Church, as well as anyone in the world has recognized the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyiv Patriarchate (UOC KP) and Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC).
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