According to him, the Greek Catholics of Ukraine have had de facto patriarchy for a while.
"The patriarchate is being built, it is not given yet, but it is recognized. On our part, we do everything to function as the patriarchal Church. And the issue of recognition (creation or declaration, - 112 Internatioinal) is a question that relates to the decision of the Ecumenical Bishop and we respect the freedom of his decision, "Shevchuk said.
He noted that much has already been done to recognize the Ukrainian Greek Catholics patriarchate.
As reported, Pope Francis invited the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church members to Rome for a meeting to discuss the situation in Ukraine.
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.