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. Filaret said in the interview to Hlavkom news agency.
According to Filaret, the current status of the Ukrainian church does not appeal to him enough, so that’s why on the next local convention it is necessary to adopt the Statute of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
“There's a status of the Kyiv metropolitanate as the part of the Constantinople patriarchy, because now we do have this status, the Greek status. We are the autocephalous church, so we should have our own Ukrainian status, which has to be approved on the Pomistnyi Cathedral. That is why, we are waiting for the convocation of the council of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, where we should adopt the new status for our church”, - Filaret said.
“The most important is to change the amount of the constant members of the Synod. We need not 3, as it is right now, but 12. For others, it will be possible to be temporary members of the Synod in turns. The constants members of the Synod should be authoritative bishops from different regions, so that all of Ukraine could be represented at the Synod by constant members, in other words, as it used to be in the Kyiv patriarchy”, - Filaret answered to the question, what difference will between the statuses.
Filaret does not think that the conflict with Constantinople could appear due to the change of the status.
“They said the following: use our Status, which we suggest to you, and when you receive the Tomos, your church becomes an autocephalous one, so you can adopt the status you need. Our acts are lawful ones, not against the Ecumenical Patriarchate”, - Filaret added.
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.