The Ecumenical Patriarch wrote to the head of the UOC-MP about the Unification Council

Вселенский патриарх написал главе УПЦ МП об Объединительном соборе

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has called for the head of the UOC of the Moscow Patriarchate Onuphrius immediately to participate in the Unification Council.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has called for the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate Onuphrius to participate in the Unification Council and reminded them that refusal will have consequences. This is stated in the corresponding letter, a photocopy of which the Metropolitan of Pereyaslav-Khmelnitsky and Vishnevsky Alexander (drabinko) was published in Facebook.

According to Bartholomew, after the election of the Primate of the local Autocephalous Church to the Unification Council, the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate Onufry lose the right to be Metropolitan of Kiev.

“We inform You that after the election of the Primate of the Ukrainian Church body, which would consist of clergy and laity, You will not be able ecclesiologically and canonically to wear the title of Metropolitan of Kiev that You still wear now in breach of official documents 1686”, – stated in the message.

Bartholomew also expressed his regret that the father and the hierarchs of the UOC-MP has refused to talk to the Exarch of the Ecumenical Throne, to participate in the Unification Cathedral and harshly criticized the steps of Constantinople aimed at overcoming the Church division in Ukraine. However, the Ecumenical Patriarch reminded the head of the UOC-MP that he along with other bishops may participate in the Cathedral, and his nomination may also be nominated for the post of the Primate of the local Church.

“We ask that You immediately and in a spirit of harmony and unity to take part together with Your hierarchy in the future the founding of the United Cathedral of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and electoral processes to determine its Primate. Your Eminence, of course, allowed to be a candidate for this position,” asked Bartholomew to Onufry.

In Constantinople also called the UOC-MP to resume communion with the bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyiv Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, including Patriarch Filaret and of Metropolitan Macarius.

We will remind, on October 11, the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate cancelled the decree of 1686 on the transfer of the Kyiv Metropolitanate to the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate, which provided the right to appoint the Metropolitan of Kiev. It was also decided 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.

On 29 November, the Ecumenical Patriarchate approved the draft Charter of the Ukrainian Church, which granted the Tomos of autocephaly.

Ukraine to independence, the Church needs the Association of churches. The UOC-MP stated that they would not join a unified Church in Ukraine.

On 5 December the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that the unification Council on the establishment of the Autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church will be held December 15 in the Cathedral. Sophia at Kiev.

It also became known that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church may form on the model of the Cretan, where the Chairman is Metropolitan and not a Patriarch.

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