P.Ts.U. HONORARY PATRIARCH FILARET COMES TO GOLDEN DOMED MONASTERY TO GREET P.Ts.U. PRIMATE ON HIS NAME DAY
Credo.Press, 25 May 2019
Orthodox Church of Ukraine (PTsU) Honorary Patriarch Filaret arrived on 25 May at the St. Michael's cathedral of the Golden Domed monastery for a meeting with the head of the PTsU, Metropolitan Epifany, who is celebrating today his name day, Bukvy reports.
Since the patriarch did not vest, he will not participate in a concelebration of the liturgy with the head of the PTsU.
On 25 May, the Orthodox church honors the memory of the holy prelate Epifany, bishop of Cyprus, who is the celestial guardian of the primate of the PTsU. Yesterday, 24 May, the Synod of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine confirmed its intention to be guided by the charter that was adopted at the unification council on 15 December 2018. The only person who did not sign this decision was PTsU Honorary Patriarch Filaret. After the session, Epifany reported that members of the PTsU Synod discussed Filaret's statements that the UPTs of the Kiev patriarchate continues to exist. At the same time, they were not able to persuade him. While the head of the PTsU confirmed that Filaret continues to control the Kiev diocese and all of its revenues.
Epifany added that Filaret's position does not have "the support either on the part of bishops or on the part of clergy or on the part of the Ukrainian people."
On 15 May, Honorary Patriarch Filaret said that he would not have promoted the candidacy of Epifany for the post of primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine if he had known that he "will take crooked roads."(tr. by PDS, posted 25 May 2019)
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