The Patriarchate of Constantinople released an Announcement regarding an earlier decision of granting autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, informs a portal “Orthodox life”. The full text of the document posted 11 October 2018 at the official website Patriarchate.org.
The Ecumenical Patriarchate
Under the chairmanship of His Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch, the Holy and Sacred Synod convened in an ordinary session from 9 to 11 October 2018 to study and discuss issues on the agenda.
The Holy Synod discussed, in particular, the ecclesiastical Affairs of Ukraine, in the presence of His Eminence Archbishop Daniel Pamphylian and His grace Bishop Hilarion Aglonskogo, Patriarchal Exarchs in Ukraine and after extensive discussion decided:
1) to Confirm the decision that the Ecumenical Patriarchate will now proceed to the granting of Autocephaly Churches in Ukraine.
2) Restore the state at this point, the Stavropegic Ecumenical Patriarch in Kyiv, one of its many stauropegic monasteries in Ukraine, which it has always existed.
3) to Receive and consider petitions for appeal from Filaret Denisenko, Macarius of Miletich and their followers caught in the split is not for dogmatic reasons, in accordance with the canonical prerogatives of the Patriarch of Constantinople to receive such treatment from the bishops and other clergy from all Autocephalous Churches. Thus, the above-mentioned persons was canonically restored to their hierarchical or priestly rank, also their faithful was restored in communion with the Church.
4) Cancel the legal obligation of the Synodal letter in 1686, issued by the circumstances of the time, which gave the right through the oikonomia the Patriarch of Moscow to put the Metropolitan of Kiev, elected by the Cathedral clergy of his diocese, which was to commemorate the Ecumenical Patriarch as First Hierarch at any divine service, declaring and Reaffirming its canonical dependence on the Constantinople Mother Church.
5) Appeal to all participating parties to avoid seizure of the temples, monasteries and other objects, as well as any other act of violence and retribution, so that the peace and love of Christ can prevail.
The Ecumenical Patriarchate, the 11th of October 2018
The chief Secretariat of the Holy and sacred Synod