Patriarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Kyiv Patriarchate Filaret explained under what conditions the newly created church could receive the status of the Patriarchy, as Hlavkom news agency reports.
Filaret stated that he was not invited to Istanbul on the ceremony of granting Tomos because he has the Patriarch rank, and the Orthodox Church of Ukraine has the status of the Metropolitanate. 'I’m the patriarch, if I visit the ceremony as patriarch, it will mean that the Ecumenical Patriarchate recognizes the Orthodox Church of Ukraine as the patriarchy', Filaret pointed out.
According to the Patriarch, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has not ruled out the possibility that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church can receive the status of patriarchy.
“If we unite all the orthodoxy in one church, the reason for granting the status of patriarchy will appear. We are the patriarchy, but only in Ukraine, in other words, we have not been recognized yet. But we have been recognized as the Kyiv Metropolitanate. That’s why our aim is continuing the uniting process with the parishes and clergy of the Moscow Patriarchate. When we are united, we will ask the Ecumenical Patriarch to grant us the status of patriarchy”, - Filaret added.
Earlier today, the Patriarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kyiv Patriarchate Filaret stated that he is not pleased with the current status of the Ukrainian church granted by Constantinople.
According to Filaret, the current status of the Ukrainian church does not appeal to him enough, so that’s why on the next Pomistnyi Cathedral it is necessary to adopt the Statute of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
Earlier, it was reported that the members of the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate signed the Tomos on providing autocephaly for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew passed the Tomos of autocephaly and bishops’ crosier to the apostle of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine Epifaniy. The event happened during the festive service in St. George's Cathedral in Istanbul.