Now the new Church is the only Patriarchate in Ukraine, and Constantinople recognized its status of an Archdiocese.
Honorary Patriarch of the Orthodox Church Filaret explained why he was not invited to Istanbul for the celebrations in connection with the award of Thomas, and under what conditions the newly formed Church will be able to obtain the status of a Patriarchate. He said this in an interview with the Commander in chief, which was published March 15.
According to Filaret, he was not invited to Istanbul because he is in the rank of Patriarch, and PCU is in the status of metropolis.
“I was not invited because they do not want to recognize the UOC the status of the Patriarchate and recognize is only in the status of Archdiocese. And I’m the Patriarch, and if I were to attend this presentation as the Patriarch, it means that the Ecumenical Patriarch to recognize the Ukrainian Church status of Patriarchate,” said the priest.
However, he pointed out that Constantinople does not exclude the possibility of providing the Ukrainian Church status of Patriarchate.
“If all the Ukrainian Orthodox to unite in one Church, it will be the basis for granting the UOC the status of Patriarchate. Therefore, we are a Patriarchy, but only in Ukraine that is unrecognized by the Patriarchy. And we are recognized as Metropolitan of Kiev”, − said Filaret.
He believes that the task of the Ukrainian Church is “the continuation of the Union with parishes and clergy of the Moscow Patriarchate.”
“When we unite, then contact the Ecumenical Patriarch with a request to provide us the status of the Patriarchate” − said Filaret.
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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