I have not decided whom to support as head of United Church, - Makariy

Source : 112 Ukraine

Makariy stated that he decided not to run for the post under the request of Bartholomew I
13:50, 14 December 2018

Ukraine's Presidental Administration

The Head of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church Makariy said that he has not decided who he will be voting for at the Ecumenical Council on December 15 in Kyiv, as he said in an interview for Radio Liberty.

“I have not decided yet who I will vote for… We signed an appeal to the Ecumenical Patriarch on a provision of Tomos, I have announced immediately that I would not nominate myself,” Makariy said.

Besides, he said that in October he received a letter with a signature of the Ecumenical Patriarch with a request not to run for Head of the Ukrainian local church.

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“I received a letter and, maybe, Patriarch Filaret (the Head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate, - ed.) did too, with a request not to put our candidatures for voting,” the Head of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church said.

At the same time, he said that he was worried for the procedure of carrying out the Ecumenical Council On December 15:

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“I am worried that it (the Ecumenical Council, - ed.) would take place, I pray for our eastern neighbor would not rub his hands and be happy that Ukrainians cannot come to an agreement. We have to find a compromise,” he added.

Makariy commented on the connections of the Russian aggression and idea of provision of Tomos:

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“If Putin did not annex Crimea, he sent in troops in Eastern Ukraine, I think, we would not have that Tomos,” the Head of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church said.

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