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Chairman of the Synodal information Department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP), Archbishop Clement of proposed to excommunicate the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew from the Church for the removal of the anathema with the leaders of the Ukrainian dissenters. About it reports TASS.
“This solution is completely uncanonically, because this territory does not belong to the Patriarchate of Constantinople, how he can remove anathema? He has no Canon law. I think that such actions of Patriarch Bartholomew must impose an anathema,” said Clement. He added that the UOC-MP does not recognize the decision of the Bartholomew and considers them to be aimed at the split of Orthodoxy in Ukraine.
Clement also excluded the UOC-MP Association with schismatics, adding that the country has recognized the entire Orthodox world, the Metropolitan of UOC-Moscow Patriarchate Onuphrius. “Do not believe in technical Association of the Kyiv Patriarchate with the second non-canonical Ukrainian Autocephalous Church, headed by Makarios. Because Makarios strongly opposed to the head of the United churches became Filaret, than he insists,” explained the Archbishop.
The reason for the statement by the representative of the UOC-MP was the decision of Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople on the removal of the anathema with the two leaders of the non-canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patriarchate (UOC-KP) Filaret and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC) Macarius, which imposed anathema in 1990-ies. Bartholomew also abolished the right of the Russian Orthodox Church to the Metropolitan of Kiev, which it had owned since 1686 and entered the stavropegic, i.e. its direct control.
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