Filaret, the Honorary Patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine decided to call the local church council, which aims to restore Kyiv Patriarchate. He stated he rejects the Tomos on the autocephaly, as BBC Ukraine reported, quoting him.
Filaret spoke before the forum called 'For Ukrainian Orthodox Church! For Kyiv Patriarchate!'.
'We convene the church council, during which we're not going to uphold the decision of the council from December 15, 2018. This means it's not obligatory for us. Thus, we'll show that Kyiv Patriarchate was, is and will be there. We're convening the Council on June 20', he said.
He added that the 'so-called Orthodox Church of Ukraine serves the interests of Greeks,' once again blaming Metropolitan Epifaniy for depending on the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
Members of the forum intend to support the petition to President Volodymyr Zelensky, asking him 'to support and protect Kyiv Patriarchate of Ukraine's Orthodox Church'.
According to the Statute of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Filaret has no right to convene such councils, because this is within the authority of Metropolitan Epifaniy, the head of the Church.
The Ecumenical Patriarchate granted Ukraine Tomos on the autocephaly in October 2018; the signature ceremony took place in Istanbul in January 2019. Tomos, as the document, was brought to Ukraine soon after that. Filaret was the only churchman who did not support Tomos at the council that took place in Kyiv in December 2018. However, it appeared that he had agreed to sign the decision to disband the Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate.