Synod of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) did not exclude honorary patriarch Filaret from the Episcopate of the church. However, it banned him from the ruling of Kyiv eparchyб as OCU statement on the results of Synod session saidю
Particularly, the Synod canceled the decision dated February 5, 2019, which confirmed the rights of Filaret to rule Kyiv eparchy.
“Considering special merit before Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the past, to state that honorary patriarch Filaret remains to be in the membership of Episcopate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine; however, he lost the canonical rights and commitments tied with the ruling of the eparchy,” the message said.
The Synod decided that Filaret should appeal to the Holy Synod due to the council consideration of his future state at the OCU.
Besides, the Synod confirmed that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate and Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church united in the single local Orthodox Church of Ukraine in December 2018.
“Any decisions, orders and other documents issued by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate or by its statutory bodies after the legal registration of Kyiv Metropolis of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (OCU) on January 30, 2019, has no canonical and judicial power and they are initially invalid and cannot be executed,” the message said.
At the same time, the Synod’s decision excluded two supporters of Filaret from OCU membership.
“For active participation in the actions, which aim to stoke confrontation in the church environment, deliberate opposition to council’s decisions, violation of 34th Apostolic rule, participation in the ordaining at stranger’s eparchy despite the Charter and canonical rules, Right Reverend Ioasaf (Shybaev), Metropolitan of Belhorod and Oboyansk and Right Reverend Petro (Moskalev), Valuisk Bishop, vicar of Belhorod Eparchy, to exclude them from June 24, 2019, from the membership of OCU Eparchy,” the document said.
Earlier, Filaret conceded a split in the newly formed Orthodox Church of Ukraine and stated that he had the authority to convene a council.
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.