Ukrainian church shrugs off rump council


RISU, 20 June 2019


"The meeting held today in accordance with Filaret's wish does not have any consequences, either legal or canonical, for the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. It is not a schism but simply the separation of a small portion from the PTsU into a new structure, which assumes the name of the UPTsKP, but is not such a thing and cannot be. This meeting does not place in doubt the validity of the tomos or the authority of the PTsU. The only consequence of this action is that Filaret does not have any authority within the PTsU any longer," the PTsU thus reacted to today's council of Filaret.


Regarding the claims to property voiced at the council, Archbishop Evstraty noted at a briefing that the new church of the Kiev patriarchate proclaimed today does not have any property, according to law, inasmuch as it belongs to legal entities, that is, to monasteries, parishes, religious organizations, and structures which are required to be constituents within the PTsU. Therefore the property claims of Filaret's new structure in the name of the UPTsKP are without grounds."


Regarding the two bishops elected by Filaret council, the PTsU declared that such ordinations will be invalid for the PTsU and therefore these and subsequent "aspirants to episcopal rank in this blanked out structure" must draw the appropriate conclusions for themselves.


Archbishop Evstraty reported that the Synod of the PTsU, which will convent on Monday in the St. Michael's Golden Domed cathedral, will give an appropriate assessment to all of these events. (tr. by PDS, posted 20 June 2019)

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