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In the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) said that Constantinople has not existed for more than 500 years. Thus the clergy reacted to the statement by the Ecumenical Patriarchate that the UOC MP was de facto liquidated, reports “Interfax”.
“In the UOC are sure that Constantinople 565 years does not exist. It is a historical fact. But as it seems, in the Phanar (the historic district in Constantinople, which is the residence of the Patriarch of Constantinople — approx. “Of the tape.ru”) this is still not noticed,” — said the Deputy head of the Department for external Church relations of the UOC Archpriest Nikolai Danilevich.
He added that the UOC, in turn, exists, and it is also an obvious historical fact. The words of the Patriarchate of Constantinople “is similar to some canonical surrealism”, said the priest.
2 November, the representative of the Patriarchate of Constantinople Archbishop Teleski job said that the decision of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of return on the canonical status of the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patriarchate (UOC-KP) Filaret and the head of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC) Makarios all the Orthodox in Ukraine fall under the jurisdiction of Constantinople, regardless of which one of the three Ukrainian Orthodox Church — UAOC, UOC-KP or UOC — they belonged to previously. “From the canonical point of view, this means that today in Ukraine, the UOC-MP is no longer there,” he explained.
In early October, the Ecumenical Patriarchate proceeded with the granting of autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine and removed the anathema from the heads of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyiv Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. In this regard, the Russian Orthodox Church on 15 October broke Eucharistic communion with the Ecumenical Patriarchate, October 20, declared the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew a schismatic according to Church canons.
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