Metropolitan of the UOC-MP denies move to Constantinople

Митрополит УПЦ МП отрицает переход к Константинополю

The society denied the subordination of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

The media misinterpreted the comment drabinko about the theoretical change in the status of the UOC-MP, Metropolitan said.

The Metropolitan of Pereiaslav-Khmelnytskyi and Vyshneve of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate Alexander drabinko denied that he decided to become a cleric of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. He said this in comments to RIA Novosti on Tuesday, October 16.

“I did not take decisions and did not make statements. It is the interpretation of my theoretical comment,” he said.

Earlier, the Metropolitan said that after the cancellation of the transfer of the Kyiv Metropolitanate to the Moscow Patriarchate “we can assume that the territory of Ukraine is the territory of the restored Archdiocese of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. In fact, from now on (after this decision) we are, today, the clergy of the Church of Constantinople”.

Recall, on the eve of the Russian Orthodox Church announced the termination of relations with the Constantinople Patriarchate. This decision was taken due to the beginning of the process of granting the Ukrainian Church autocephaly.

According to the representative of the Kyiv Patriarchate, the situation “will sooner or later be fixed and the Russian Orthodox Church will return to the fellowship.”

Today, President Petro Poroshenko has held a meeting with the Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarch, who returned from Constantinople in Ukraine to continue work on the last stage of granting the Ukrainian Church Thomas.


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