Patriarchate to Move Forward with Ukrainian Independence (Vid)

FILE - Patriarch Filaret, head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate, conducts a service at the Volodymysky Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

CONSTANTINOPLE (AP) — The Constantinople-based Ecumenical Patriarchate says it will move forward with its decision to grant Ukrainian clerics independence from the Russian Orthodox Church.

The decision was announced Thursday following a regular holy synod meeting.

Ukraine has asked Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, seen by many as the first among equals of Eastern Orthodox leaders, to make the Ukrainian church autocephalous.

The church has been tied to the Moscow Patriarchate for hundreds of years, although many parishes have split off over the past two decades to form a schismatic church. Calls for independence have increased since Moscow’s 2014 annexation of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine.

The Russian Orthodox Church has warned that it will sever ties with Bartholomew if he grants Ukraine’s church autonomy.

Posted by Ecumenical Patriarchate on Thursday, October 11, 2018


  1. A truly deplorable and grotesque act bound
    To create many problems. Time for the
    Other churches to convene and take
    Action against the phanar’s violation
    Of the canons.

    If Ukraine can be autocephalous
    The church of greece should take back
    Crete and mount athos and we in the
    Us should have our own autocephaly.

  2. Bartholomew has overstepped his bounds and further will split the Orthodox church. He should avoid the schism but not granting autocephaly.

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