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Ukrainian Orthodox Church: the cathedral of bishops of Constantinople isn't competent to accept decisions - RIA Novosti, 9/4/2018


Patriarch Constantinople Varfolomey
MOSCOW, 4 Sep – RIA Novosti. The hierarchal cathedral – синаксис the Constantinople church has only advisory character, only the sacred synod of this patriarchy is competent to accept any decisions, the vice-chairman of department of external church relations of Ukrainian Orthodox Church archpriest Nikolay Danilevich has said. Earlier a number of media has reported that at a general meeting (sinaksisa) of the Constantinople episcopate in Istanbul on September 1-3 bishops have decided that the Constantinople church is authorized without the consent of other churches to provide autocephaly of church which about it asks. Official confirmation of this information wasn't yet. Also it was reported that синаксис it is prolonged till September.© 4 of AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis the Patriarch Kirill has disclosed details of a meeting with Varfolomey "the Meeting of the episcopate of Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople from around the world, синаксис isn't called to make decisions, and has only advisory character. That is, during these three days during the meeting these or those questions inform hierarches. When we hear that синаксис I have solved something — nothing similar, bishops of Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople will solve nothing now" — Danilevich in the comment placed in the video blog of Ukrainian Orthodox Church in YouTube has told. He has explained that according to the charter of the Constantinople patriarchy, hierarches make decisions only on the synods. According to Danilevich, the nearest synod of the Constantinople church has to take place on October 19-21, and then the meeting of the synod will take place in November. "At once I will note that the order of meetings of the synod was defined at the beginning of a year" — the representative of Ukrainian Orthodox Church has added. He also has urged all "to trust only official information and not to trust rumors". Last week in Istanbul the meeting of the Patriarch of Moscow Kirill with the patriarch Constantinople Varfolomey has taken place. After the meeting journalists have asked a question to the negotiator from Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople to the metropolitan Gallic Emmanuil about whether the subject was discussed with church in Ukraine which autocephaly the Ukrainian authorities try to obtain. The metropolitan has answered that the Constantinople patriarchy seeks to unite, but not to split world Orthodoxy. At the same time the Ukrainian mass media have reported that allegedly Varfolomey has notified on the decision of Constantinople to provide churches in Ukraine autocephaly. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) has said that it is false information which distorts Emmanuil's words. In the speech the metropolitan Emmanuil didn't report in any way about as if the Constantinople patriarchy has made the decision to provide autocephaly of church in Ukraine, have emphasized in Ukrainian Orthodox Church.© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pyatakov to Pass into an image bank the Alexandria patriarch has supported ROC concerning church on Ukraineprezident of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko tries to achieve recognition of uncanonical religious structures and creation on their basis of uniform local autocephalous church in Ukraine, outside Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Earlier he has said that the power won't interfere with internal church affairs, but at the same time vno

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