The official position of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church on the initiatives for granting of the Tomos of autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, presented at the XXV Anniversary General Assembly of the Interparliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy in Athens. On behalf of the Church before the high Assembly was made by the Bishop Baryshevsky Victor, head of the Representative office of the UOC for international European organizations, informs a portal “Orthodox life” with reference to Information and education Department of the UOC.
The Ukrainian Hierarch informed the participants about the content of the appeal of the Holy Synod of the UOC of may 25, 2018 and the joint statement of the bishops ‘ conference, held on 25 June in the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra.
“The Ukrainian Orthodox Church is not totally opposed to the idea of autocephaly, what are we trying to blame the opponents. The position of our Church is consonant with the General opinion of the local Orthodox Churches on the matter return to the bosom of all recognized Ecumenical canonical Orthodox Church for those of our brothers and sisters who broke away from It, that will open the way for further serious discussion of the canonical status of a single Orthodox Church in Ukraine,” said Bishop Victor.
The Secretary-General of the IAP member of Parliament of Greece, Andreas Michaelides in his speech the President noted that the Interparliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy in its activities, supports only the canonical religious organizations, therefore, the IAO is concerned about recent events in the Church life of Ukraine. Mr. Michaelides also said that the map support only the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and this will be reflected in the final resolution of the forum.
XXV jubilee General Assembly of the Interparliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy in Athens began its work on 25 June 2018. In the forum, the main theme of which “parliamentary democracy and Christian values: 25 years of the Interparliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy” that includes prominent religious leaders, and representatives of the parliamentary delegations of Greece, Bulgaria, Armenia, Russia, Georgia, Cyprus, Lithuania, Latvia, Romania, Serbia and other countries.