The autocephaly of the UOC. All the details Thomas for Ukraine

Автокефалия УПЦ. Все подробности томоса для Украины

Ukraine is preparing to obtain an independent Church

The decision on the granting of independence to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church was adopted by the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on October 11.

The members of the Synod of the Church of Constantinople October 11, reversed the decision of 1686 on the transition of the Kyiv Metropolitanate to the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate, which provided the right to appoint the Metropolitan of Kiev.

The Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople, also took the decision to cancel the anathema of the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate Filaret and the head of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Church Macarius.

Philaret and Macarius said that the decision of the Synod gives them the possibility of creation in Ukraine of a single Local Church.

The Russian Orthodox Church said that the decision of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, “the legalization of the schism” and announced the severance of relations with Constantinople, stating that there “has repeatedly fallen into heresy”. Корреспондент.net watching the development of the situation.


18.11.2018 – Unification Council in Ukraine

Unification Council of the Ukrainian Orthodox churches will be held after the Ecumenical Patriarchate will approve the text of the Tomos of Ukraine – presumably in December.

The UOC-MP said that it would punish clergy who will participate in the Cathedral.

“This applies to the bishops, clergy, and laity. In this decision specifically says that to take part in the so-called “unification Council” none of us can,” said Metropolitan Anthony of Boryspil and Brovary.

17.11.2018 – Armenia vs Thomas for Ukraine

The Catholicos of all Armenians Garegin II stated that the Armenian Apostolic Church does not support the separation of the churches.

Garegin II stated that the Armenian Church is a supporter of canonicity, and therefore could not support steps “aimed at dividing the Church.”


16.11.2018 – Poland has banned contacts with the UOC-KP and the UAOC

The Council of bishops of the Polish Orthodox Church forbade contacts with the clergy of the Kyiv Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.

“The Holy Council of bishops forbids priests of the Polish Autocephalous Orthodox Church to join in the liturgical and prayer contacts the clergy the so-called Kiev Patriarchate, and the so-called Autocephalous Orthodox Church”, – is spoken in the message.

At the same time in the Polish Church said that “persons deprived of their office, cannot be leaders in bringing peace to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.” Polish Orthodox believe that their actions cause more “confusion and scandal”.


15.11.2018 – the UOC-MP against the dissent of Metropolitan

Metropolitan Symeon of Vinnytsia and bar, which was the only one of the 83 members of the Cathedral of the UOC-MP on 13 November, who signed a decree on the acceptance of autocephaly, said that some bishops “urged” him to sign the document, but he was supported by Metropolitan Onufry.

“I told some of my brethren the bishops, maybe jokingly, maybe not, what you need to use some ecclesiastical punishment for not signed, said that the rules all have to sign, convince,” – said the Bishop.

He also explained why he did not want to sign the document.

“The decision of the Cathedral there are points with which I disagree. The first of these is the interruption of the Eucharistic communion with the Patriarchate of Constantinople. The second issue is reconciling those who are in schism,” – said the Bishop.

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13.11.2018 – Poroshenko Meeting with the UOC-MP

– President Petro Poroshenko has held in the Ukrainian house meeting with the hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate. The meeting was held behind closed doors.

Poroshenko told the leaders about his talks with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the agreement between Ukraine and the Patriarchate of Constantinople, reported in the presidential administration.

He also said that the Ecumenical Patriarch, for his part, the canonical guarantees full protection to the supporters of autocephaly in Ukraine, the report said.

As reported in the presidential administration, Poroshenko invited the bishops of the UOC-MP to a meeting a few weeks ago.

Meeting postponed due to the venue. The President insisted that it should be held in the Ukrainian house, the UOC MP said that it is ready to meet only on the territory of the Church. But Poroshenko refused to go to the territory of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra.

The UOC-MP in the day released a statement which States that they will not participate in the process of creating the Autocephalous Orthodox Church in Ukraine.

“The Council of bishops notes that the process of granting the so-called Tomos of autocephaly is artificial, imposed from the outside”, – stated in the message.

The Cathedral has opposed changing the name of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

“In the case of adoption of the relevant laws by the Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church will protect its rights by all lawful means, provided that the basic social concept of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Ukrainian legislation and the European Convention on human rights”, – stated in the message.

8.11.2018 – Not allowed rector of the Moscow theological Academy

Rector of the Moscow theological Academy, Archbishop Ambrose said that he was not allowed in Ukraine. According to him, he came to Kiev to participate in the worship and in the Assembly the bottom of the Kiev theological Academy, but he was detained at a checkpoint at the airport.

In the Department of the border service of Ukraine talked with him, and then refused entry.

The document, according to the Archbishop, as the official reasons for the refusal provided unofficial purpose of the visit. Ambrose called it “blatantly contrived” as it was an invitation from the rector of the Kiev theological Academy.

7.11.2018 – “Satanic” actions of the Russian Orthodox Church

The Exarch of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in Turkey, Pisidia, Metropolitan Sotirios, head of the Exarchate of side and Antalya called living in this country, immigrants from Russia to ignore the decision of the Moscow Synod to break off relations with Constantinople and regarded the decision “as a satanic”.

According to the Hierarch, the Holy Synod of the Russian Church to break Eucharistic communion with the Patriarchate of Constantinople has no power “before Christ and the one Holy Church.”

“These actions bring joy only to the Antichrist, who is fighting with Christ and His Church. All thinking people are deeply saddened by such satanic actions”, – stated in the message of the Metropolitan.

Meanwhile it became known that the Finnish Church supported Tomos for Ukraine vrnmya meeting of the President of Petro Poroshenko with the Primate of the Finnish Orthodox Church, Archbishop Leo.

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6.11.2018 – Finish straight Autocephalous Church

Enclosed with the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the agreement on cooperation and interaction brings the process of establishing an independent Orthodox Church in Ukraine at the finish line, said the President Petro Poroshenko.

A contract is an agreement to support establishment of one local Orthodox Church in Ukraine, said the presidential administration.

“The signing of the agreement… where it says directly that an independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which granted the Tomos, that is, the instrument of independence, the Ecumenical Patriarch after wishing the Ukrainian bishops will gather at the Cathedral will elect a Primate, and then he will get Tomos”, – stated in the message.


3.11.2018 – Contract Poroshenko Bartholomew

President Petro Poroshenko and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew signed an agreement on cooperation and interaction between Ukraine and the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

The agreement creates the conditions for the preparation process to the Cathedral, the process of granting of the Tomos was given in absolutely strict accordance with the canons of the Orthodox Church, said Poroshenko.

The President stressed that on the 3rd of November is a historic day for the creation of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.

Автокефалия УПЦ. Все подробности томоса для Украины

2.11.2018 – the ROC can take the autocephaly

The Ecumenical Patriarchate may revoke the Autocephalous status of the Russian Orthodox Church. This was stated by the representative of Constantinople at the world Council of churches, Archbishop job.

He noted that the Patriarch of Constantinople continued to be the leader of world Orthodoxy, despite the fact that the ROC would not give him this status.

“The world’s centers of Orthodoxy can never be questioned. The Ecumenical councils gave to the see of Rome and to Constantinople as the second after him the same privileges. If we do not recognize, so we do not recognize the doctrine of the Ecumenical councils and otpadaet from Orthodoxy,” said the Archbishop.

MP is no longer in Ukraine

The existence in Ukraine of the UOC of the Moscow Patriarchate has virtually stopped since the abolition of the Patriarchate of Constantinople October 11 of the act on transfer of territory of Ukraine under the administration of the Russian Church, said Archbishop job.

“From the canonical point of view, this means that today in Ukraine, the UOC-MP does not exist anymore. All the bishops now in Ukraine, de-facto, according to this decision of the Synod are bishops of the Ecumenical throne, and they now have to wait for the Directive of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in its further functioning and existence in the future the granting of autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine”, – said the Archbishop.

In response, the UOC-MP accused the job in ignorance.

“Said Vladyka Iov become apparent two conclusions: first, the Archbishop did not imagine the realities of the Ukrainian Church life, and the second he most likely was a bad student in the theological school and does not know truths that are known to even small children in Sunday school. In the gospel the Lord says that first Church is not the one who is in her boss, and the one who is the servant of them all,” said Archbishop Clement.

He also noted that the UOC is not subject to Constantinople. According to him, for several centuries there is no direct subordination between the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Constantinople Patriarchate does not exist.

Tomos will create the Orthodox Church in Ukraine

After unifying Council and grant Thomas a new Church be called the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.

“No “Ukrainian Orthodox Church” because the Church is the only one. She belongs to Christ, not any nation or state,” explained job.

31.10.2018 the Claims of the UOC-MP against Parliament

From religious communities of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church MP received three a suit against the Verkhovna Rada concerning the decision to appeal to the Ecumenical Patriarch concerning Thomas.


30.10.2018 – Order for the destruction of the Russian Orthodox Church

Patriarch Kirill explained the actions of Constantinople in Ukraine, the order for the destruction of the “island of freedom”, which he calls the Russian Orthodox Church.

“The stakes are very large, and ordering the destruction of the unity of our Church is an order that has a global dimension. It’s not just the struggle for jurisdiction, it is the struggle for the destruction of a single powerful Orthodox power in the world. When we say 150 million, it is true”, – said the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.

In particular, the decision of Constantinople in Ukraine Patriarch Kirill saw the “attack on the liberty island”.

“Why I call Christianity the island of freedom? Because we are free from global deception and domination of others over us thoughts,” – said the Primate of the Russian Church.

In his opinion, “the tragedy of Ukraine beyond the political field, it has a mystical dimension.”

Автокефалия УПЦ. Все подробности томоса для Украины

The meeting between Cyril and Bartholomew

Patriarch Cyril for the first time revealed details of his meeting with Patriarch Bartholomew, which took place on 31st August in Istanbul.

“I realized that it is the desire to put in place. Someone of my colleagues said don’t go, it’s humiliating. And I thought – no, it’s not humiliating, I don’t pay attention to these “toys”. I am willing to walk anywhere in order to prevent such a development, which, unfortunately, we have come today. And I went to Constantinople, and fraternal talk”, – said the Patriarch.

According to Patriarch Kirill, during the conversation, he “rapidly and radically” was expressed the position of Ukraine.

“Now I testify that were taken this last step, and talked “heart to heart”, but this step did not lead to positive results. But it is not our responsibility,” – said the Patriarch.

Автокефалия УПЦ. Все подробности томоса для Украины

25.10.2018 – requirements for the future the head of the one Church

The Ukrainian Church, under the terms of the Patriarch of Constantinople, should be headed by the Archbishop – Metropolitan and not a Patriarch.

“We must have a theological education, we must know the Church canons, it is necessary to have the experience of the diocese, and the experience of managing the Church. But if no experience, then things will not happen,” – said Filaret.

The head of the UOC-KP stressed that he is not ready to sacrifice personal ambitions in the matter of election of the head of the new Church.

“No! But not because I consider myself such. But because Moscow will do everything to destroy the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. And so in order to keep the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and to bring it to completion I have to work until the end,” he said.

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The press service of Filaret

22.10.2018 Bartholomew will not give

Ecumenical Patriarchate Bartholomew has said it will not retreat on the issue of granting autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, and does not intend to succumb to any external pressure.

Bartholomew explained that at the moment the Constantinople Patriarchate of the Ukrainian Church decides the issue based on the law, which he was given by the canons of the Holy Councils. According to the Ecumenical Patriarch, the Church canons are binding for all Orthodox.

“It’s like our Russian brothers or don’t like, sooner or later they will go for a decision to be taken by the Patriarchate of Constantinople, because they have no choice,” he said.

Автокефалия УПЦ. Все подробности томоса для Украины


20.10.2018 – ROC does not recognize the decision of the Bartholomew

The Russian Orthodox Church declared the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew dissenter.

“The fact that the Patriarch of Constantinople recognized the schismatics, he joined the split. Accordingly, for us now the Patriarch of Constantinople is a schismatic,” said the Chairman of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.

He stressed that the Russian Orthodox Church no longer recognizes the decisions made by Bartholomew.

“The legitimization of the schism that occurred in Ukraine, is a grave canonical crime for which Patriarch Bartholomew will answer before God at the last judgment… will Have to answer for it here on earth,” he said.

The United States supports the autocephaly

U.S. Secretary of state Michael Pompeo spoke in support of the movement of Ukraine to create the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.

“We urge the Church and the authorities to move towards the creation of an Autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The U.S. reiterates its support for freedom of religion and freedom of religious groups, including Orthodox in Ukraine”, – said in a written statement Pompeo

Italy fears a religious war

Vice-Prime Minister of Italy Matteo said that Ukraine is fueling a religious war.

“If the political leadership is trying to subordinate the Church, it is not good,” he says.

Vice-Prime Minister of Italy said that Russia legally annexed the Crimea, and the revolution in Ukraine is considered “fake”.

Forms of the title of Patriarch Filaret

The Holy Synod of the UOC-KP adopted the full and the short form of the title of Primate.

So, the full title has the following form: his Holiness and Beatitude (name), Archbishop and Metropolitan of Kiev – mother of Russian cities, Ukraine, Patriarch of Rus-Ukraine, the Holy Dormition Kiev-Pechersk and Pochaev Laurel father superior.

Abbreviated title sounds like the Holy (name), Patriarch of Kyiv and all Rus-Ukraine.

19.10.2018 – Constantinople “fell into schism”

Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill said that the Patriarchate of Constantinople “fell into schism by removing the anathema from two representatives of the non-canonical churches”.

“The Patriarchate of Constantinople has identified himself with the dissenters. Nekanonicheskogo, breaking all the rules, he invaded our jurisdiction, forgive Raskolnikov. Then, identifying himself with the dissenters, he became a dissenter,” said Cyril.

As reported by Constantinople, the Synod continues to be in communion with the Russian Orthodox Church, despite its decision to Eucharistic communion.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we inform you that our Archdiocese-the Exarchate under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate is in full communion with all the Orthodox Church. Also we inform you that the Ecumenical Patriarchate did not interrupt communion with the Moscow Patriarchate and continues his day in the manner prescribed in the diptych”, – reads the statement of the Exarchate of Russian parishes in Western Europe to the flock

It is noted that all Orthodox believers can fully participate in the liturgical life and sacraments of the Church in the parishes of Constantinople. It also called on all priests, deacons, monks, nuns and believers of the Russian Exarchate in Western Europe to pray for the unity of the Church.

Meanwhile, the Russian Orthodox Church abroad announced Eucharistic communion with the Patriarchate of Constantinople “because of its actions in Ukraine.”

18.10.2018 – St. Andrew’s Church give to Constantinople

The Verkhovna Rada adopted the decision to transfer the Ecumenical Patriarchate of St. Andrew’s Church in Kiev – the historical buildings created by the architect Rastrelli.

The temple, which informed the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church held a service, transmit to Constantinople for the celebration of divine services, religious rites, ceremonies and processions. Detail in the material Why Andrew’s Church and given to Constantinople.

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17.10.2018 Turkish Church filed a lawsuit against Constantinople

Turkish Orthodox Church sent the claim to the Istanbul Prosecutor’s office demanding to initiate a criminal case against the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

Claim open against Bartholomew was sent for “violation of the legislation of Turkey” and “inciting to violence, fraught with conflict between Russia and Ukraine”.


16.10.2018 – Belarus broke with Constantinople after the Russian

The Belarusian Orthodox Church aligns itself with the decision of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church on the rupture with Constantinople.

All decisions “apply to the entire canonical territory of the Russian Orthodox Church, including Belarus,” said the BOC.

On the eve of President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that Minsk sensitive to what is happening in Orthodoxy events and oppose their separation.

“We as a congregation will try to maintain the unity of all processes, to keep peace on earth… too close we came to a dangerous point”, – he said.

Meanwhile, the Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarch returned from Constantinople in Ukraine to continue work on the last stage of granting the Ukrainian Church Thomas.

“We came back to continue work on the last stage, which will lead us to the unification Council and to the presentation of the new Primate of the final document – Thomas – on the independence of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church”, – is spoken in the message.


14.10.2018 – State of the Church be

President Petro Poroshenko said that Ukraine was not, and there is no state Church, and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church will not invite forced.

“I guarantee that the government will respect the choice of those who decide to remain in the Church structure that will preserve the unity with the Russian Orthodox Church”, – said Poroshenko.

He added that the government will protect the rights of those priests and laity of the UOC Moscow Patriarchate, which “voluntarily decide to get out of Moscow, together with other Orthodox to create a Unified Ukrainian local Orthodox Church”.

12.10.2018 Service in the Ukrainian language

The language of worship after the creation of a unified Ukrainian local Orthodox Church “in principle” should be Ukrainian, said the Primate of the UOC-KP Patriarch Filaret.

However, he noted that in some cases priests can use other languages, assuring that no harassment will not be.


How UOC was going to autocephaly

– Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate headed by Metropolitan of Kyiv and all Ukraine was established in 1990 by the Council of bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church as independent and Autonomous Church of the MP.

Metropolitan Filaret, who was the head of the UOC-MP, tried to obtain complete independence of the Ukrainian Church (autocephaly), but failed. Then in 1992 was formed the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kiev Patriarchate was founded. ROC Filaret was deprived of Sanaa, after refusing to leave the post. In 1997, the Russian Orthodox Church Filaret excommunicated from the Church and anathematized.

The Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church was founded in 1921, when part of the Orthodox clergy in Ukraine called for the establishment of an independent Church. In the 1930s the UAOC announced the dissolution. The activity of the Church resumed in 1989.

In 2007, President Viktor Yushchenko spoke about the need to establish a unified Ukrainian local Orthodox Church.

Patriarch Filaret in 2010 announced the start of negotiations with the Moscow Patriarchate, whose ultimate goal was to become the United Church. However, according to the Kiev Patriarchate, they just “simulated dialogue”.

November 30 last year, the Russian Orthodox Church has announced that Patriarch Filaret wrote to Cyril and the bishops ‘ Council letter of “apology”, and suggestions about overcoming the Church division.

However, Patriarch Filaret said that the words about forgiveness are the traditional appeal of prayer, and not an admission of guilt. The UOC-KP said about the readiness to dialogue with the ROC, only for the recognition of autocephaly, but not reunification.

– April 17, 2018 President Petro Poroshenko said he plans to appeal to Constantinople to issue a Tomos of unified Orthodox Church in Ukraine and to grant autocephaly. The letter was signed by representatives of the two unrecognized in Ukraine churches (UOC-KP and UAOC).

– April 22 Ecumenical Patriarchate has taken this appeal into consideration and launched the process of granting autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.

On 11 October, the Holy Synod of the Church of Constantinople reversed the document in 1686 on the transition of the Kyiv Metropolitanate to the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate. Also with the heads of the non-canonical churches in Ukraine, UOC – KP and the UAOC – were removed anathema.

– 15 Oct ROC responded with a Eucharistic communion with the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople.


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