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Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate decide to cut ties with Constantinople

The bishops accused the Ecumenical Patriarchate of the divisiveness
19:19, 13 November 2018

Ukraine's Orthodox Church

The council of the bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate made a decision to stop the Eucharistic communication with Constantinople Patriarchate as the press service of the church reported.

“The council of the bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church thinks that the decisions of the Holy Synod of Constantinople Patriarchate dated October 11, 2018, concerning Ukrainian church issue are invalid, and they do not possess the canonic power,” the message said.

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The council also accused the Ecumenical Patriarchate of the divisiveness due to the fact that the decisions are “anti-canonic," and they “recognize schisms.”

“The decision on the establishment of the jurisdiction of Constantinople Patriarchate at the territory of Ukraine is the consequence of the speculative treatment of the church history. The decision on the lifting of the anathema and other church taboos from the divisive leaders and recognition of the validity of the pseudo-holy orders made by them during their divisiveness is the consequence of the distorted interpretation of the church canons,” the message said.

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“Due to this, the Eucharistic communication of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church with Constantinople Patriarchate is impossible and is stopped at the moment,” the message concluded.

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 united Jubilee Bishops' Council would take place soon to create a unified Ukrainian local church.

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In addition, the Ecumenical Patriarchate recognized Russian Orthodox Church's annexation of Kyiv Metropolis in 1686.

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