Patriarch Filaret: no new church exists. Tomos was given to Kyiv Patriarchate

The Patriarch Filaret is outraged that the Autocephalous Church is called the new church
19:48, 23 January 2019

Patriarch Filaret: no new church exists.
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The Patriarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kyiv Patriarchate (UOC-KP) believes, that Tomos, a decree of the head of a particular Orthodox church on certain matters, from Constantinople has got not some new Ukrainian church, but the very UOC-KP. Filaret said on the closed meeting of clerics, the report of which the Alliance of Orthodox Journalists have.

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 “Today so-called “divines” started to use the expression “the new church appeared”. What new church? The church is not new, the church has existed over 25 years. If the church of Kyiv Patriarchate had not existed, who then would have received the Tomos? Some several Mosow bishops without even a parish? They should receive the Tomos on autocephaly? Or the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOCO), where there are over 500 parishes? It goes without saying that the Tomos was given to the church of Kyiv Patriarchate. So it is not a new church. The word combination “new church” should not be used at all. Father Mykhail, you posted something on the Internet. Whoever wants to call the church this way, let it be. However, in our Ukrainian sources the Orthodox Church of Ukraine should not be mentioned. The Ukrainian Orthodx Church – yes, but not – the Orthodox Church of Ukraine”, - said Filaret.

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He also added that, this name, the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, others try to impose.

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