Filaret: the date of the Synod of bishops depends on the Ecumenical Patriarch

Филарет: Дата проведения Архиерейского собора зависит от Вселенского патриарха

The date of the Cathedral, during which representatives of the Ukrainian Orthodox churches must make the decision to join the Church and to choose its Primate, dependent on the Ecumenical Patriarch. This broadcast of “Radio Liberty” said the head of the UOC-KP Filaret.

“It depends not from us but from the Ecumenical Patriarch, because he has to appoint to this Council a representative. The Cathedral will be held under the leadership of the Ukrainian bishops, but this Council will include a representative of the Ecumenical Patriarch as a representative, but not as the Chairman of the Council of bishops. The Chairman of the Council of bishops will be bishops of the Ukrainian”, – said Filaret.

We remind that on 11 October, the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate supported the renewal of the granting of autocephaly to Ukraine and formally approved that the mother Church of Ukraine is Constantinople. The Synod also removed the anathema from the head of the UOC-KP Filaret and the head of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church Macarius. The head of the UOC Kiev Patriarchate Filaret said that in the near future will be the unifying Council of bishops to create a unified Ukrainian local Church. The new Church in Ukraine after the grant of Constantinople Thomas will be called “the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.”

It was noted that parishes in a Single Ukrainian Orthodox Church will occur if this solution is supported by two-thirds of the parishioners. Patriarch Filaret said he was ready to lead the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, if he trust the Council of bishops.

On 3 November the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Turkey signed an agreement on cooperation and interaction between Ukraine and the Ecumenical Patriarchate. It is noted that this agreement will help to expedite the granting of autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.

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