Athens, December 23, 2019
Photo: oukraniko.blogspot.com The new diptychs for the Greek Orthodox Church in 2020 have been printed, without mention of the so-called “Orthodox Church of Ukraine” or its primate Epiphany Dumenko, reports the Greek outlet Oukraniko.
The new publication includes the name of His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine and the other bishops of the canonical Ukrainian Church, but there is no indication that the “bishops” of the OCU are to be included among the canonical hierarchs of the Church.
The publication does include the names of the new hierarchs of Phthiotis, Lemnos, and Kalavryta, who were elected by the Greek Bishops’ Council on October 11, notes Oukraniko.
On October 12, the Bishops’ Council recognized the Patriarch of Constantinople’s right to grant autocephaly in Ukraine, which Metropolitan Hierotheos (Vlachos) told the press amounted to a recognition of the OCU, though this interpretation was rejected by other hierarchs.
Moreover, the council, “caused excitement and noise among bishops, clergy, and believing laity, and many of them questioned the fact of any Synodal decision,” writes Oukraniko.
The Council also empowered Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens to further handle the matter on behalf of the Greek Church, and in a letter of October 21, he officially recognized Epiphany Dumenko as a canonical primate and entered into communion with him.
He first commemorated the schismatic primate Dumenko on November 10.