Severdonetsk, Ukraine, October 31, 2018
Another diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has joined the chorus of voices expressing its approval of and support for the Church’s present status as an autonomous, self-governing body, and for its primate His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine and the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Church.
The statement was published on the diocesan website yesterday. It reads:
We, the undersigned, the deans of ecclesiastical deaneries and abbots and abbesses of the monasteries of the Severodonetsk Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, at a regular session of the Diocesan Council of the Severodonetsk Diocese under the chairmanship of His Eminence Archbishop Nikodim of Severodonetsk and Starobelsk, express support and recognition for You, Your Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphy of Kiev and All Ukraine, as the sole canonical acting primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and for the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, and we stand for the preservation of this canonical status of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which it has according to the tomos granted to it by His Holiness Patriarch Alexei II of Moscow and All Russia on October 27, 1990 in Kiev.
The hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church previously met in the Kiev Caves Lavra on June 25, where they also adopted a statement declaring that, “The existing canonical status is quite sufficient for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to fruitfully carry out its mission among the people of Ukraine. Attempts to alter this status will only lead to a limiting of the rights and freedoms our Church has been endowed with, having the rights of broad autonomy. Furthermore, these attempts will not cure, but only deepen the schism, both in Ukrainian Orthodoxy and in Ukrainian society as a whole.”
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