Cathedral on the island of Crete will not consider the letter of the Ukrainian Parliament of the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church
The representative of the delegation of the Patriarchate of Constantinople at the Cathedral of the Archbishop of Teleski job (Hecha) said in an interview to the press service of the Synodal information Department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate and the appeal of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I on the granting of the autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine will not be considered opened on the island of Crete the Cathedral of the Orthodox Churches.
“The Ukrainian question is not on the agenda of the Council, and it cannot be changed,” said Archbishop job. However, he said: “of Course, the appeal of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine a lot of talk on the sidelines of the Cathedral”, quotes the words of the Hierarch TASS.
He explained that the appeal of the Parliament to the media. “When the Ecumenical Patriarch will receive the formal appeal, will be discussed through the proper formal process, namely, through the Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, as is the case with every important issue,” said the Archbishop.
The Cathedral, prepared intermittently for more than half a century as pan-Orthodox, opened on the eve of the solemn Liturgy. On Monday begin meetings of the forum. Primates ten of the 14 local churches will represent the interests of the smallest part of the Orthodox world. To participate in the proposed Cathedral for the Patriarchate of Constantinople refused the conditions of the Bulgarian, Antiochian (Syria), the Georgian and Russian Orthodox Churches. Daily meetings under the chairmanship of the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Constantinople Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I will run every day until the 25th.
On June 16 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine appealed to the Constantinople Patriarch Bartholomew to grant autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine. For the corresponding decision voted 238 deputies in a simple majority of 226 votes. In the resolution Parliament asks to abolish the act of 1686 (on the transfer of the Kyiv metropolis in the canonical jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarch), as accepted with violation of the sacred canons of the Orthodox Church.” The reaction of the Ecumenical Patriarch is followed.