BARTHOLOMEW'S VISIT WILL TESTIFY THAT UKRAINE IS P.Ts.U. TERRITORY AND MOSCOW PATRIARCHATE IS HERE AS GUEST—
RELIGIOUS STUDIES SCHOLAR
Religiina Pravda, 7 July 2021
The visit by Patriarch Bartholomew is the recognition on the inter-church diplomatic level that Ukraine is the territory of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (PTsU). This is the opinion expressed by religious studies scholar Dmitry Gorevoy in an article for Radio Liberty.
"When the pope or the patriarch comes to Ukraine, this testifies that Ukraine is a multi-confessional country, and not the fiefdom of the Moscow patriarchate. This destroys the myth about the canonical territory of the Russian Orthodox Church (RPTs). Because it shows that there are both Greek Catholics and Catholics. This also must be taken into account.
"And in the case of the PTsU, it turns out in general that Bartholomew is coming at the invitation of the head of an autocephalous church. On the inter-church diplomatic level, this is a recognition that Ukraine is the territory of the PTsU.
"Consequently the Moscow patriarchate is here
guest. They are no longer the lords but only second-degree
Orthodox bishops who
are not even honored as first-rank Orthodox bishops. This is a
great insult for
them. All the time they have been living self-assured in their
suddenly everything is turned upside down. And those who yesterday
recognized have become recognized and the 'canonical' have become
uncanonical," Dmitry Gorevoy noted. (tr. by PDS, posted 7 July
UKRAINIANS VIEW VISIT OF PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW ON INDEPENDENCE DAY POSITIVELY
RISU, 6 July 2021
The majority of Ukrainians—57%--have a positive attitude toward a visit to Ukraine by Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew. Another 32.5% have a neutral attitude and only 6% are negatively disposed. This is shown by the results of a survey by the Kiev International Institute of Sociology (K.I.I.S.)
Among adherents of individual confessions, most of those who have a positive attitude toward this visit are among adherents of the PTsU and UGKTs (72% and 63% respectively).
At the same time, among supporters of the UPTsMP, 49% have a positive attitude toward the visit by the patriarch of Constantinople, and only 15% are negatively disposed. (tr. by PDS, posted 7 July 2021)
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