The former Patriarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate Filaret, after the decision of the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on October 11, was recognized as Kyiv Metropolitan. This was stated by the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in an interview with the Bulgarian BGNES agency.
“On October 11, 2018, the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, after requests of Filaret and Makariy, restored the canonicity of the two leaders of the canonical groups, recognizing them as archbishops, but not their rank. This means that Filaret is no longer Kyiv Patriarch, but a former Kyiv Metropolitan, and Makariy is not archbishop of Lviv, but rather - a former Lviv archbishop,” he said.
Besides, the leading churchman ordered to have the religious community Church of the Intercession in Kyiv under the direct authority of the Metropolitan Epifaniy of Kyiv and All Ukraine.
It became known that there were misunderstandings between the Honorable Patriarch Filaret and Metropolitan Epifaniy. In particular, Filaret seemed to want to restore the structure of the liquidated Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate and his influence on the church, while the circle of Metropolitan Epifaniy is inclined to support the “Greek system” of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, as proposed by Fanar.