The Georgian Patriarchate denied reports on the recognition of Ukrainian autocephaly


The information that the Georgian Orthodox Church supports the granting of autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church is not true. This is stated in the official statement of Georgian Patriarchate, published on 8 October 2018, according to Information-enlightenment Department of the UOC.

Further clarification on the outcomes of the meeting were provided after the statements of the speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Andrei Parubiy, in which a politician has twisted the words of the Primate of the Georgian Church, saying about keeping them for autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church.

The official report notes that some media spread biased information on the Ukrainian Church issue.

“A similar incident occurred and after the visit of the speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine — Ukrainian TV reported that the Georgian Church supports the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church, which is not true,” — said in a statement.

In response to the words of Parubiy that Ukrainians aspire to a unified Ukrainian Church, his Holiness and Beatitude Catholicos-Patriarch of all Georgia Ilia II said that “if it were done, it would be a pleasant event, but at this stage it is not visible”, explained the Georgian Patriarchate.

“Therefore, we must be careful not to confront the people or to develop more complex processes,” — said the Archbishop during the meeting with the speaker of Parliament.

“Regarding the position of the Georgian Church on the question of autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church, it remains unchanged until you commit your final official positions on the basis of canonical norms of the Church of Constantinople and the Moscow Patriarchate, the Georgian Patriarchate has refrained from commenting,” he explained once again his position in the Georgian Orthodox Church.

Recall Information-enlightenment Department of the UOC earlier reported that the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine distorts the words of his interlocutors creation myths. The Vatican issued a clarification regarding the notification of the Ministry about the meeting of the foreign Minister with the Secretary on intergovernmental relations of the Holy see. And the message about the meeting of Ambassador of Ukraine in Cyprus Borys Humeniuk with the Archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostomos II was radically different in content on the official websites of the Church of Cyprus and the Ministry.

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