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No more Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate, - Constantinople

The Ecumenical Patriarchate abolished the Act of 1686, which legitimated the annexation of Kyiv metropole by the Russian Church
17:24, 2 November 2018

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From the canonic point of view, there is no more Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate in Ukraine, as on October 11, the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate abolished the act of 1686. Archbishop Job of Telmessos (Gecha) and the representative of Constantinople Patriarchate made such statement, BBC Ukraine reported.

'From the canonic point of view, it means that there is no more Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate in Ukraine. All bishops of Ukraine de-facto are the bishops of the Ecumenical Throne due to this decision, and they should wait for the directive of the Ecumenical Patriarchate toward the further functioning and existence in the view of the provision of the autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine,' he explained.

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He noted that solving the Ukrainian issue, the Ecumenical Patriarchate 'gets nothing'.

'If the Ecumenical Patriarchate wanted to get anything from this, it would just revive its Metropolis that existed (in Kyiv) in the late 17th century. But Constantinople does not want this. Constantinople wants to gift Ukraine the autocephaly to make it to have its own church,' he said.

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On October 11, the Synodus lifted the anathema from Filaret, the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyivan Patriarchate, and Makariy, the Primate of Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. Filaret stated that a united Jubilee Bishops' Council would take place soon to create a unified Ukrainian local church.

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

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