Comments by Metropolitan Anthony on the decision made by the Patriarchate of Constantinople
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Metropolitan Anthony of Borispol and Brovary, and Chancellor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, made the following statement about the decision of the Patriarchate of Constantinople:

“What happened yesterday at the Synod in Istanbul shocked the entire Orthodox world. It seems that the Patriarchate of Constantinople has consciously embarked on the path to a schism for world Orthodoxy. Patriarch Bartholomew ignored the calls of the local Churches to convene a Primate conference with the aim of coming up with a joint and conciliar resolution of the Ukrainian ecclesial question. Instead, he unilaterally took very important but erroneous decisions.
I hope that world Orthodoxy will evaluate this act objectively. The final document of the Synod of Constantinople generates more questions than it gives answers. For instance, the status of the “Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate” and of the “Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine” remains incomprehensible. What was the procedure followed to examine Filaret Denisenko’s appeal? Many other questions arise. In reality, nothing has changed for our Church. We were, we are, and we remain the only canonical Church in Ukraine. We do not recognize the Stavropegion of which the creation was proclaimed at the Phanar. By receiving the schismatics into the communion, Patriarch Bartholomew does not make them canonical. Instead, he himself embarks on the path to a schism. The schismatics have remained schismatic. They did not receive any autocephaly, nor any Tomos. And it seems they have even lost the independence they had and had always emphasized, even though it was not canonical.
We wish to draw to the attention of our clergy and faithful that the schismatics were outside of divine grace and have remained so. Consequently, concelebrating and praying with them is forbidden. The time has come for us to strengthen our prayers, remembering that the truth of God is invincible. ”

Source in Russian

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