Ukrainian schismatics refused to lead the new Church

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Filarete: Mikhail palinchak / RIA Novosti

The Primate of the breakaway Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patriarchate (UOC-KP) Filaret and the head of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC) Macarius refused to nominate their candidates for the presidency of a United Autocephalous Church in Ukraine. On Saturday, November 10, said the publication “News Ukraine”.

As told to the edition a source in the inner circle Macarius, the head of the UAOC sent a letter to Constantinople Patriarch Bartholomew, in which he stated that he has due authority and capacity to qualify for election as head of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine. He also noted that the necessary authority has not and none of the representatives of the episcopate of the UOC-KP and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate.

A similar letter about readiness to withdraw his candidacy sent Filaret, however, according to the interlocutor of the edition, in return he asked for him to adopt the title of “honorary Patriarch” of the new Church, to secure for him the post of head of its Holy Synod, as well as to elect the head of this Church, Metropolitan Epiphanius, a Patriarchal vicar of the UOC-KP. Thus, the source said, Filaret hoped to retain their power.

Thus, according to the interlocutor of the edition, Constantinople plans to solve the problem on its own. It is noted that on 22 November it can take a unifying and founding the Council, which the head structure is selected influential in Constantinople Archbishop job (Hecha).

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 Philaret and Macarius of all 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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