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Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople should give the Ukrainian Church a new Tomos of independence. This was stated by the leader of the non-canonical Kiev Patriarchate Filaret Denisenko in an interview with the Apostrof.
According to Filaret, the tomos issued to Ukraine in 2019 does not make the Ukrainian church autocephalous, but subordinates it to Constantinople. In order for the Ukrainian church to be independent, the tomos had to be given to the patriarchy, not the metropolis. “And he wanted her to be dependent on him. Therefore, he demanded of us, he demanded that we renounce the patriarchy and that I, as the patriarch, should not put forward my candidacy, ”he explained.
This dependence is manifested in the fact that the jurisdiction of the autocephalous Ukrainian Church extends only to the territory of Ukraine, and those citizens of the country who live abroad should belong to the Patriarchate of Constantinople.
Moreover, he noted that the Ukrainian church has no right to cook its own world, which also makes it dependent. “They will give peace – we can [соблюдать обряды], they won’t give it, we can’t, ”he emphasized.
PCU deprived Honorary Patriarch Filaret of membership in the Holy Synod