Kiev Patriarchate Asks US To Help Ukrainian Church Obtain Independence - Filaret
WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 20th September, 2018) The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate (UOC-KP) has asked the United States to help obtain independence from the Moscow Patriarchate and hopes to receive such status later this year, the church's head Filaret (Denisenko) said.
On Friday, the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church decided that Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will cease commemoration of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople. The move came in response to the Constantinople Patriarchate appointing its exarchs to Ukraine as part of the preparation to grant autocephaly - independence - to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
"We would like to see it happen this year," Filaret said.
Such a president, if elected, will not be interested in creating unified church, and the issue of granting autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church will be put aside for a long time, Filaret explained.
According canons of Orthodox Christianity, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople is the first among equal church leaders, and can grant autocephaly only to a recognized church when other local churches agree with his decision. In the case of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, most local churches oppose the granting of autocephaly.