Chrysostom II will explain to dissenters that he recognized the OCU as he knows the opinion of 13 Primates of Orthodox Churches on this issue

13.11.2020, 18:17
On November 12, The Primate of the Orthodox Church of Cyprus, Archbishop Chrysostomos, said that he would explain to dissenters why he had decided to remember the new head of the Church of Ukraine, Metropolitan Epifaniy. According to him, he has studied the church issue of Ukraine and visited 9 out of 13 Primates of Orthodox Churches and knew the views of all 13.

Chrysostom II will explain to dissenters that he recognized the OCU as he knows the opinion of 13 Primates of Orthodox Churches on this issue - фото 61692


This is reported by the Spiritual Front of Ukraine (Dukhovnyy Front).

Due to the deterioration of his health, he was unable to visit all the Primates to discuss the Ukrainian issue personally.

"But I visited 9. If someone carefully studies the letter I sent to His Holiness, if everyone listens to me, then Orthodoxy will have no problems and can become a role model for other faiths. And the Church of Cyprus will stand very high," Archbishop Chrysostomos was quoted as saying by the website of the Orthodox Church of Cyprus.

Archbishop Chrysostomos said that when he visited Istanbul, he learned the whole truth about Ukrainian autocephaly because by that time he knew only half of it. His Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew explained to the archbishop that Ukraine is the canonical territory of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. He noted that the canonical Ukrainian territory was transferred to the temporary administration of the patriarch of Moscow because of its territorial proximity to Kyiv because at the beginning of the XVII century it was difficult to get from Istanbul to Ukraine.

Since 1917, with the beginning of communism in Russia, the Kyivan Metropolitans, during divine services, stopped remembering the Ecumenical Patriarch. But when communism collapsed, the Ecumenical Patriarch wanted to restore order in Ukraine, but the Russians refused. "There are many other details that I can't tell you right now," Archbishop Chrysostomos said.

"Therefore, after I crystallized the idea in March because I did not have time to discuss it at the Synod, I remembered during the Divine Service (Metropolitan Epiphanius – ed.) to inform them about this problem at the next synod," Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus stressed and added that he was attacked for no reason.

"I have nothing to fear. I have a life path in the church. No one can accuse me of self-interest," Chrysostom said.

As RISU has reported, in the near future, approximately on November 23, Archbishop Chrysostomos II of Cyprus will convene the Holy Synod.

The Synod is expected to consider all issues that have recently been relevant for the Church of Cyprus, first of all, the issue of mentioning Metropolitan Epifaniy of Kyiv at the liturgy, that is, recognizing the OCU.

Archbishop Chrysostomos II of Cyprus spoke extremely sharply on November 2 regarding the position of four (out of 18) members of the Synod of the Archdiocese of Cyprus – Metropolitans Athanasius of Limassol, Nikephoros of Kykkos, Isaiah of Tamas, as well as Bishop Nicholas of Amat, who opposed the recognition by the Archbishop of autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and entering into canonical communion with it. He condemned these bishops, whom he considers worthy of defrocking.