Through the adoption of a unified local Orthodox Church it is possible to overcome the split in the Ukrainian Church, bloodshed or violence after Thomas and the property will belong to communities. This said Patriarch Filaret, reports the press service of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyiv Patriarchate.
“No violence after Thomas and the property will belong to communities, as now. Before the celebration of our Synod at the meeting took the message, saying: “We categorically reject all charges of opponents that the Tomos of autocephaly will lead to confrontation or even to bloodshed. On the contrary, only through approval of a single local Orthodox Church in Ukraine is possible how to overcome Church division, and to achieve social peace. Also it says: “to Accomplish this is only possible by God bequeathed love and peace, without violence,” – said Filaret.
The Patriarch stressed that the main goal is the unity of believers.
“And it’s not just our words – that is our belief. Because our goal is not temples, not property, and the unity of the believers,” he said.
Recall President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko says that Ukraine to receive the Tomos of autocephaly completes assertion of its independence and autonomy.
Note that yesterday, July 28, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew confirmed his intention to grant autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
We will remind, on April 19, the Verkhovna Rada 268 votes of people’s deputies supported the appeal of President of Ukraine to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on the granting of the Tomos of autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. Later it became known that the Ecumenical Patriarchate begins a consultation with the sister churches on the issue of granting autocephaly to the UOC.
Note that since the beginning of 90-s in Ukraine there are several jurisdictions that call themselves Orthodox of the Autocephalous local churches.
The canonical status of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate and the Bessarabian Metropolitanate of the Romanian Orthodox Church. Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate is canonically unrecognized.
In addition, in Ukraine, there is also the unrecognized Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC).