OCU calls the attempts of the Russian Orthodox Church to convene a Pan-Orthodox discussion of the Ukrainian issue hypocrisy

08 April, 10:45
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OCU calls the attempts of the Russian Orthodox Church to convene a Pan-Orthodox discussion of the Ukrainian issue hypocrisy - фото 1
Moscow had every opportunity to discuss both the Ukrainian Church issue in particular and the method and procedure for proclaiming and granting autocephaly in general throughout a long period of time. And Moscow itself refused to consider the issue of autocephaly at the Pan-Orthodox Council. It insisted that this issue be excluded from the agenda.

A spokesman of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Archbishop Yevstratiy (Zorya), said it in an interview with Ukrinform.

"Moscow sabotaged the opportunity to consider this issue during the Pan-Orthodox Council. It tried to forestall the Pan-Orthodox Council itself. And now it is hypocrisy to appeal to have the Pan-Orthodox discussion, to attain the Pan-Orthodox clarification of this issue. In a response letter to the Archbishop of Albania, the Ecumenical Patriarch noted: If we were to convene a Pan-Orthodox meeting now, the only thing we would find agreement on is that we do not agree with each other. Did Moscow offer at least some constructive idea, a constructive plan that would take into account that there is a Tomos and it was not canceled? No, it didn't offer anything. What do they want? They want to discuss the Tomos. And what does it mean to discuss the Tomos, to question the Tomos? This means calling into question the order of obtaining recognized autocephaly, the order of Pan-Orthodox proclamation of autocephaly of all those local churches that became autocephalous after the era of ecumenical councils. And there are now ten such churches."

In February, Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem once again called on the Primates of all Autocephalous Orthodox Churches proposing to hold a new meeting on the Ukrainian issue. The Russian Orthodox Church hopes that in 2021 a meeting of the heads of local Orthodox Churches will be held in the "Amman format".