Ukrainian Orthodox Church consider appointment of Exarchs by Constantinople as blatant violation

Source : 112 Ukraine

The visit of exarchs has not been agreed with current the Head of Ukrainian Orthodox Church, His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufriy
23:10, 7 September 2018

Press Office of Ukrainian Orthodox Church

The appointment of the exarchs by Constantinople in the face of Archbishop Daniel of Pamphilia from the United States of America and Bishop Edmond of Illarion from Canada in Kyiv is a flagrant violation of the canonical territory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, and also runs counter to the second rule of the Second Ecumenical Council of Constantinople. According to the claim of the Department of External Church Relations of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

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It should be noted that the Patriarchate of Constantinople officially stated on the appointment of the exarchs in the terms of preparation of the decision on the provision of the autocephalous device of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church quotes the text of the Second Ecumenical Council: ‘Without being invited, the bishops do not cross the boundaries of their area’.

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The Ukrainian Orthodox Church insists that the appointment of the exarchs took place without the knowledge of His Beatitude Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine Onufriy, as a single canonical bishop of Kiev, and hence the responsibility for possible negative consequences of what happened will be on the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

Earlier, on July 28, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew confirmed the intention to provide Ukrainian Orthodox Church with autocephaly.

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Reportedly, the Bishops’ Council of the Constantinople Church began on September 1 and will last till September 3. The main topic of the Council is the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox church. It is expected that after negotiations with the bishops from all over the world, the Patriarchate of Constantinople can make a final decision concerning the terms of Tomos provision.

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