PTsU CAN BECOME PATRIARCHATE: CONSTANTINOPLE STATES CONDITIONS
Obozrevatel, 11 January 2019
The Orthodox Church of Ukraine (PTsU) may receive the status of a patriarchate, but for this the unification must be more profound.
This was stated in an interview with BBC by Archbishop of Pamphilon Daniel, who was an exarch of the ecumenical patriarch and participated in the process of granting autocephaly to the PTsU.
"The PTsU has every possibility and the prerequisites in order to acquire the status of a patriarchate, but first the process of a deeper unification must occur. That is, not only the former UPTsKP and UAPTs must be unified but also the bishops and clergy of the Russian Orthodox Church who now are in Ukraine," he said.
He said that when this more global process occurs, the Ukrainian church will be able to appeal to Constantinople and the ecumenical patriarchate will be ready to consider this question. "Of course, Constantinople is ready to discuss this," the archbishop emphasized.
He also added that this will be a change in the tomos and proclamation of the patriarchate. "Constantinople has never concealed that this is entirely possible," Daniel concluded. (tr. by PDS, posted 11 January 2019)
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