The purpose of the exarchs of Constantinople in the person of Archbishop Daniel Pampelikula of the United States of America, and Bishop Hilarion Edmondscote from Canada in Kiev is a gross violation of canonical territory of the UOC, and also contradicts the second rule of the Second Ecumenical Constantinople Council. This is stated in the statement of the Department for external Church relations of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
We will note, today the Patriarchate of Constantinople officially announced the appointment of the exarchs “in the framework of the preparation of the decision granting the device Autocephalous Orthodox Church in Ukraine.”
In the UOC and I quote the text of the Second Ecumenical Council: “without being invited, let bishops not go beyond the borders beyond their region”.
The Orthodox Church insist that the appointment of the exarchs happened without the knowledge of his Beatitude Metropolitan of Kyiv and all Ukraine Onuphrius, as a single canonical Bishop of Kiev, and therefore the responsibility for possible negative consequences of the incident will lie at the Constantinople Patriarchate.
We will remind, now it is expected the decision on granting the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate of the Tomos of autocephaly, which to the Patriarchate of Constantinople, appealed not only representatives of the Church, but the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and the Verkhovna Rada.
UOC has repeatedly stressed that such a decision would be illegal for several reasons, the main one being that the canonical head of the UOC his Beatitude Onufry was not requested by Thomas and representatives of the current Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyiv Patriarchate from 1992 are Exarch from the point of view of all the recognized Patriarchates of the Orthodox world.