The Metropolitan and the overwhelming majority of the clergy of the Diocese of Odessa support Metropolitan Onufriy of Kiev and the maintenance of the existing status of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. The priests expressed their position at the diocesan assembly held at the Dormition Monastery in Odessa on October 22. Metropolitan Agafangel of Odessa and Izmail called on the clergy to an open discussion on the problems related to the announcement of the granting of Autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine. The metropolitan reminded the priests of their responsibility before Christ and history and also called on them to remain loyal to their priestly oath. Bishop Diodorus of Yuzhnoe, the Vicar of the Diocese of Odessa, detailed to the assembly the chronology of the events related to the current situation of Orthodoxy in Ukraine. The Rector Emeritus of the Odessa Seminary, Archpriest Andrew Nikolaidi, clarified the canonical aspects of the question of the Patriarchate of Constantinople’s aggressive interference in the affairs of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. After the discussion of practical pastoral issues in the context of the current situation of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, a secret ballot was held. It was proposed to all participants to answer the question: “Do you support the maintenance of the current status of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and the position of its primate, Metropolitan Onufriy of Kiev and All Ukraine?». 406 out of the 413 clerics present at the meeting answered “yes”, 3 “no” and 4 abstained. After the announcement of the results, Metropolitan Agafangel thanked the clergy for this firmness in principles, which is expressed in the support of ecclesial unity and the purity of the Orthodox faith. The hierarch then wished the clergy God’s help in their difficult pastoral ministry for the good of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. It should be recalled that the bishops and priests of the dioceses of Voznesensk, Toultchino, Rovono, Chersonese, and Kirovograd have previously expressed their fidelity to the Canonical Church of Ukraine and to its primate.
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