The Synod of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine confirmed its intentions to use the status, which was adopted at the Unification council of the Orthodox churches of Ukraine on December 15, 2018. The only person who did not sign this decision is Filaret, the Honorary Patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. Head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine Epifaniy (Dumenko) said that to the journalists, as #Bykvu reported.
“The Synod confirmed that in its further activity and existence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Autocephalous Church, it will be regulated by the Holy Transmission, the Holy Scriptures, and the status, which was adopted at the St.Sophia's Cathedral in Kyiv on December 15. We all agreed to the decision, but the last one (concerning the status and the support of Epifaniy - 112 International) has not been signed by the only member of the Synod, Patriarch Filaret,” Epifaniy said.
According to Epifaniy, the members of the Synod of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine discussed the claims of Filaret that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate still existed. At the same time, they failed to persuade him.
“What the Honorary Patriarch made public, he also said at the session of the holy Synod: that Kyiv Patriarchate still exists, and that it was not withdrawn from the registration, although we tried to convince him that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate legally and de facto doesn’t exist, and that Kyiv Patriarchate is the basis of the only autocephalous church. We debated, talked and tried to convince him, but we all understood that unfortunately, the Honorary Patriarch Filaret has not changed his mind,” the Head of Orthodox Church of Ukraine said.
Besides, Epiphaniy confirmed that Filaret continues to control the Eparchy of Kyiv and all its funds.
"There is no dual power in the church ... It was agreed before the United Council that those eparchies and parishes, which were under control of some bishop would remain under his control. The Eparchy of Kyiv and parishes, which obeyed him until December 15, remain under his rule. Especially from these parishes, the monasteries receive its basic profits, "- Epiphaniy said.
Epiphaniy added that he personally supported this decision. "I defended my position; I defended that he should control the parishes of the Eparchy of Kyiv, which are in the city of Kyiv. We did and we will do everything to ensure that the honorary patriarch Filaret, who made a lot of effort to build our autocephalous church, felt not only spiritually comfortable but financially as well ", - he said.
According to the Head of the Orthodox Church, he will not punish Filaret for his position. Neither bishops nor clergy and Ukrainian people support Filaret’s position.