Filaret said that he went to humiliation for the sake of Thomas

Филарет заявил, что пошел на унижение ради Томоса

Patriarch Filaret

The Patriarch stressed that he agreed to significant concessions for the sake of autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church.

Honorary Patriarch Filaret addressed the congregation to explain the situation with the Church schism in Ukraine. The appropriate appeal published on Tuesday, may 14 on the website of the priest in Facebook.

About the restoration of the UOC-KP, Patriarch Filaret stated that legally the Kyiv Patriarchate continues to exist and he remains its current hierarchy.

Their rejection of the UOC-KP at the Council on 15 December 2018, the Patriarch called “purely situational” because it was a requirement of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, to receive the Tomos of autocephaly.

“Cancel the decision on creation of the Kyiv Patriarchate can only be a local Council of the Church, who created the Kyivan Patriarchate. This Cathedral was not. So the Kyiv Patriarchate remains, it continues to operate,” − said Filaret and added that in December last year, was the Cathedral of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Church and the Kiev Metropolia, composed of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

The Patriarch indicated that President Petro Poroshenko played a big role in getting Thomas, but now he “deviated from the promised agreements and actually gave consent to the liquidation of the Kiev Patriarchate.”

According to Filaret, to convene the Council and grant Thomas he was told to not to nominate his candidacy for the post of head of the Church, because the Ukrainian Orthodox Church will be recognized as Autocephalous only in the status of metropolis, and not Patriarchy.

In these circumstances he refused the primacy in the Church and went to “the humiliation for the sake of Thomas”.

“It was agreed that the Primate is Metropolitan Epiphanios, whose candidature was put forward by the Patriarch, but the Church leadership in Ukraine will continue the Patriarch. The Primate will represent the Church in the Orthodox world, because the UOC receives the status of a Metropolitanate, and also it will help the Patriarch in the administration of the Church, but the Church leadership remains with the Patriarch,” says Filaret.

He pointed out that this agreement was breached, which led to the division in the Church.

The Patriarch rejected the accusations of ambition and said that is God, his dedication and perseverance led eventually to receive the Tomos.

“I see it’s not only Church leaders, but also secular, such as the newly elected President of Ukraine, V. A. Zelensky and V. I. businessman Kolomoisky and others,” − said Filaret.

Can lose Tomos. Conflict Filaret and Epiphanius

Recall, 15 December 2018 was held in Kyiv Unification Council, which was created by the local Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

Her head was Metropolitan of Pereyaslav and Belotserkovsky Epiphanius (Dumenko).

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew January 6, 2019 officially handed over the head of the DNC signed the Tomos for the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

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