The decision of the Synod of the Constantinople Patriarchate on the Ukrainian question does not correspond to Church canons, the problems needs to solve a pan-Orthodox Council. On 12 October 2018, said a Hierarch of Bulgarian Orthodox Church Metropolitan lovchanski Gabriel, reports TASS.
“I don’t have time to deeply review the decision of the Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, but it is already clear that this decision is not canonical. Remove the punishment with Raskolnikov can only be that Church which it imposed, that is, the Russian Orthodox Church. And now there could be a precedent, and all the dissenters of the world without the hotfix will be able to receive forgiveness, and it is not useful. The ecclesiastical punishment imposed for a person to repent and correct, and if not to cancel anything that is not required, then punishment is of no use,” said Metropolitan Gabriel.
“I believe that you need to gather a pan-Orthodox Council to solve the problems, and then things go very bad, and the Church will split. God help us from this,” the Archpastor said.
Vladyka Gabriel stressed that “Ukraine recognizes only one Church — that headed by Metropolitan Onufry”.
Previously, the three hierarchs of the Bulgarian Church — metropolitans lovchanski Gabriel, Varna and Veliki Preslav Yoan and Dometian of Vidin, Daniel made a statement about the actions of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in Ukraine.