The decision on creation in Ukraine of a single local Church, the Holy Synod will take at the end of the summer or in September. This was stated Patriarch Filaret, reports “5 channel”.
According to him, after that all the bishops of the Kyivan Patriarchate, the Ukrainian Autocephalous Church and the Moscow Patriarchate, who spoke to the Ecumenical Patriarch with a request for autocephaly should come to the unity Council.
It will elect the Primate of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.
“I hope or at the end of August or in early September at this meeting, the Holy Synod will make a decision on the granting of the Tomos. So we have to hold a Unification Cathedral. Who are we? Those bishops who appealed to the Ecumenical Patriarch. The bishops at the Council of bishops must elect a single Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church,” Filaret says.
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).