The Hierarch of the UOC: the Issue of Tomos – it’s as if Ukraine joined DNR


Manager of the UOC Metropolitan Anthony of Boryspil and Brovary

The creation of a parallel structure on the canonical territory will give rise to a new schism, says Metropolitan Anthony of Boryspil and Brovary.

For the solution of the Church question in Ukraine should not come up with innovations and to follow the canonical order of the Church. This was stated by the Manager of the UOC Metropolitan Anthony of Boryspil and Brovary in an interview Strenia., published on September 26.

“Exarch (ambassadors) from the Patriarchate of Constantinople now came to Ukraine in order to join the UOC-KP with the UAOC, on their base to create a completely new structure, register it as a Unified Orthodox Church, and already she was giving Tomos – said Bishop Anthony. But it is, in fact, the creation of new parallel structures in the canonical territory where there is already local canonical Church. It is a split. It’s the same separatism. We propose then to this new cusicanqui to join. It’s the same as if the so-called “LNR” and “DNR” declared the legitimate government, which is to join Ukraine”.

He reminded the audience that there have been several attempts to combine the non-canonical structure of Ukraine – the UOC-KP and the UAOC.

“If it were that easy, it would already been done. And in 25 years it never failed. As of now the process will go – time will tell. If they succeed, their database will create a new structure. And she then will be eligible to receive the Tomos. But I stress: we believe that it is bad because it can lead to a split in the Orthodox world. The largest since the division of Christianity into Catholicism and Orthodoxy”, – said Metropolitan Anthony.

Previously the residence of the Primate of the UOC in the territory of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra held a meeting of the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Following the meeting, the Synod called Fanar to stop interfering in the internal Affairs of the UOC, and the Exarch of the Patriarchate of Constantinople “should leave the canonical territory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.”

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