Ecumenical Patriarchate Responds to Charges Regarding Ukraine Autocephaly

His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew signs the Tomos of Autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine at St. George Patriarchal Cathedral. Shown in His Beatitude Metropolitan Epiphanios of the newly declared Autocephalous Ukraine Church. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

NEW YORK – The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America forwarded the following News Release issued by the Ecumenical Patriarchate regarding “misinformation circulating on the Internet” which it characterized as “slanderous” pertaining to the granting of Autocephaly to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

“Following questions by the Press regarding offensive statements against the Ecumenical Patriarchate, which were allegedly made recently by a member of the autonomous presence of the Patriarchate of Moscow in Ukraine, the Director of the Press and Communication Office of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Nikos Papachristou, said:

“Allegations or information from anyone claiming that the Ecumenical Patriarchate, in order to grant the Tomos of Autocephaly to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, allegedly sought and received, or requested, any form of compensation, financial or other, whether from political or ecclesiastical persons, is absolutely false, unsubstantiated and slanderous. At the same time, such allegations are also highly offensive to the Mother Church of Constantinople, from which nine other local Churches, including Moscow, received their Autocephaly, through analogous and similar processes.

It is characteristic that the Ecumenical Patriarch, in a recent speech referring to the granting of Autocephaly to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, pointed out that ‘the proper ecclesiological response given by the Ecumenical Patriarchate was and is always based on the eternal tradition of the Church, inspired by the Gospel, with respect to the sacred canons and free from any political and diplomatic pressure. Indeed, this must be made clear in the light of the accusations and misinformation circulating on the Internet, the well-known fake news, which is used against the canonical rights of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.’

“…On January 6, 2019 Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew handed the Tomos of Autocephaly to the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, His Beatitude Epiphanios, Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine, which was formed by the Unification Synod of December 15, 2018. From that day on, the new Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine is completely self-sufficient and has the absolute freedom to manage its internal affairs through the judgment and decisions of its Holy Synod. Her relationship with the First-throned Church of Constantinople is a relationship of a Mother to her Daughter, a strong spiritual bond that has been preserved for centuries, from the time of St. Vladimir’s baptism to this day. A relationship that endures no matter how many people, obviously for their own purposes, have tried and continue trying to disrupt it, for the Mother Church of Constantinople always cares, with a sacrificial spirit and self-denial, for all her spiritual children.”


  1. From the EP’s own press release in November 2018

    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and President Petro Poroshenko Sign Agreement on Cooperation and Coordination

    “The Ecumenical Patriarch thanked the President of Ukraine for conceding the magnificent Church of Saint Andrew in Kyiv…”

    What else did Poroshenko concede?

    Why does Poroshenko and the EP keep the contents of this agreement hidden?

  2. It had been reported that Poroshenko agreed to transfer properties to Fener, but new Ukrainian President Zekensky is NOT going to honor the agreement that his predecessor signed only to improve his own re-election prospects.

    Poroshenko lost so Fener is also a loser. So Fener is telling a partial truth. Fener did not get the pay-out that it expected out of the deal.

    The 12 properties that were be transferred (in addition to St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Kiev, which was already transferred by resolution of the Verkovna Rada) were:

    -Kiev-Brotherhood Theophany Monastery (in the Kiev-Mogila Academy);

    -Holy Ascension-Florovsky Convent in Kiev (UOC);

    -Mezhigorye Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Novo Petrovtsi village, Kiev Province. The monastery was destroyed and in 1933 a country government residence was built on its site;

    -Holy Dormition Church in Lvov (“Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church”);

    -Manyava Skete, village of Manyava, Ivan-Frankovsk Province (KP);

    -Holy Trinity Convent, Korets, Rivne Province (UOC);

    -Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Novgorod-Seversky, Chernigov Province (UOC);

    -Molchensky Nativity of the Theotokos Convent, Glukhov, Suma Province (UOC);

    -Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos-Glinsk Hermitage, Sosnovka, Suma Province (UOC);

    -Elevation of the Cross Convent, Poltava (UOC);

    -St. Elijah Monastery, Odessa (UOC);

    -St. Panteleimon’s Monastery, Odessa (UOC).

    1. Loan…I think that says it all!

      I think Bart like CNN, and Mainstream media…they think we are stupid and inferior people ..who can be manipulated by lies , and more lies!

      Unfortunately, Bart..we no longer support you and a rogue government..because we can’t beleive they are capable of doing horrific criminal acts! Those days are just about people ..and thanks to the internet ..are putting together the narratives ..and see they really have no substance!….

      Russian collusion, Julianne Assange , Iran debacle, Hillary Clinton…and the intelligence criminal assault on our government and other governments..has been exposed how policies and illegal actions are fabricated and sold fool the public in supporting lies and illegitimate acts of treason by both our government and media!

      The hidden agenda and intentions are becoming more obvious and blatant!

      Bart..has already been excommunicated from me as the leader of the Orhtodox Church ..and he should leave and find a monastary, and ask for forgiveness for what he has done!

      Porshenko ..was a Neo Nazi oligark worth 900,000,000 million dollars..who was a low life ..and to suggest that you collaborated with this guy do anything a crime against humanity and our orthodox church!
      As yiayia used to say…who you hang out with who you are! …

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