CONSTANTINOPLE PATRIARCHATE REACTS NEGATIVELY TO PATRIARCH FILARET'S STATEMENTS
Credo.Press, 15 May 2019
The ecumenical patriarchate commented on statements by Honorary Patriarch Filaret of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (PTsU), which he made at a press conference in Kiev on 15 May. "Only a lie," BBC quotes the response of its source within the patriarchate.
"As Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew said, there is no patriarch in Kiev, because there never was a patriarch. Filaret is the former metropolitan of Kiev," the source noted.
At his press conference, Filaret declared that the primate of the PTsU, Metropolitan Epifany, violated agreements that had been reached within the context of the unification council on 15 December 2018, and therefore a dual-power arose, but such a situation can be fixed. In Filaret's opinion, he should be administering the PTsU within Ukraine and not Epifany. (tr. by PDS, posted 15 May 2019)
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