Ukrainian Orthodox Church severed ties with Constantinople

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The Council of bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) has accused the Patriarchate of Constantinople that he became the path split, and stopped with him in Eucharistic communion. This was reported on the website of the Church.

In a statement, the Cathedral said that the October decision of Constantinople for the Ukrainian Church issue are invalid. “The decision to establish the jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in Ukraine is the consequence of the speculative interpretations of ecclesiastical history. And the decision on the removal of the anathema, and other ecclesiastical prohibitions of the leaders of the schism … is the result of a distorted interpretation of the Orthodox canons,” — said in the UOC.

“By so anticanonical decision, recognising Raskolnikov mere Sana’a, the Patriarchate of Constantinople, according to Church rules, he has become the path split. In connection with this Eucharistic communion of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church with the Patriarchate of Constantinople is currently impossible and is terminated”, — says the decision of the Cathedral.

Also the Council of bishops spoke out against attempts to change the name of the UOC. Earlier, the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patriarchate (UOC-KP) Filaret has called to change the name of the canonical UOC and rename it to the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine.

In Ukraine there are several Orthodox churches. The canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church is self-governing in the structure of the ROC and recognized by the world Orthodoxy. The other two churches, the UOC KP and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC), are schismatic.

Church schism in Ukraine escalated a few months ago. In September, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew sent into the country of their exarchs (the messengers) for the preparation of the country granting autocephaly (Church independence). In early October, at the Council of Constantinople of the Church he confirmed his intention to provide Ukraine with autocephaly, took of the anathema with the heads of schismatic churches, and restored its jurisdiction over the Kyivan Metropolitanate, which he handed to the Russian Orthodox Church in the XVII century. In this regard, the Russian Orthodox Church on 15 October broke Eucharistic communion with the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Video, photo All from Russia.

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