Patriarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate Filaret is outraged by the name of the autocephalous church “Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church” and wants it to be named Ukrainian Orthodox Church as all other Orthodox churches of the world as Union of Orthodox Journalists reported.
He noted that when the Ukrainian church is going to be recognized by other churches then the Ukrainian Orthodox Church will strive for Kyiv Patriarchate from Constantinople.
“What is the Orthodox Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia? It is 120,000 believers. It is one St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral. That is why it is recognized. When we are going to be recognized by all these churches, despite the Russian and Antiochia and we will unite as we raise the issue of Kyiv Patriarchate to not be perceived as Kyiv Metropolis and the primate should be considered as patriarch not metropolitan. It is our goal. The same as when we strived for the autocephaly. We got it. The next goal is to get the recognition of the Ukrainian church by the Patriarchate. And we will reach it. But we should not doubt as when you do then you cannot achieve. And you achieve when you do not doubt,” Filaret said.
He also noted that the hostile forces “try to damage us”.
“The first thing they will do is to take our church out of unity. It will the main goal to separate us. Then, they will try to impose us with not our name. It is the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. It is not our name. We are the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Like the others: Bulgarian Orthodox Church, Russian, Serbian and so on. And the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church means that it is not dominant but one of the churches in Ukraine. And we are “not in Ukraine” but we “Ukrainian”. We are the dominant church of Ukraine,” Filaret thinks.
He also appealed to Father Mykhailo Yemelian with a request to eradicate the name “Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church”.
“Father Mykhailo, write in the internet. People can call it as they want but in our sources, it should be named as Ukrainian Orthodox Church not Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church,” Filaret claimed.
On October 11, the Synodus lifted the anathema from Filaret, head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyivan Patriarchate, and Makariy, Primate of Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. Filaret stated that the United Jubilee Bishops' Council would take place soon to create a unified Ukrainian local church.
The ceremony of signing of the Tomos took place on January 5, 2019, in Istanbul. On January 6, 2019, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew handed the Tomos on autocephaly and bishops’ crosier to Head of Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox ChurchEpiphaniy. The same day, Tomos landed in Kyiv.