While the Orthodox Church of Greece has yet to make any official decision regarding the Constantinople-created “Orthodox Church of Ukraine” (OCU), new information indicates that that the hierarchs are strongly considering recognizing the schismatic structure.
This article is put forth to compare the All Ukrainian Cross Procession of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate on the Baptism of Rus’, with the one held by the schismatic “OCU”, which is recognized only by the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
“On July 29, 2019, the Unified State Register of Legal Entities, Individual Entrepreneurs, and Public Associations recorded the termination of the religious organization, ‘The Patriarchate of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church’ by way of reorganization, namely by joining the religious organization ‘The Kiev Metropolia of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Orthodox Church of Ukraine),’” the message reads.
At its May session, the Council of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church resolved to reopen the dialogue with the “Macedonian Orthodox Church” (MOC), a formerly autonomous body within the Serbian Church that departed into schism and declared itself autocephalous in 1967. However, as His Eminence Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid, a canonical hierarch of the Serbian Church serving in North Macedonia, states in a recent interview with Politika, the talks have stalled, through no fault of the Serbian Church.
The battle of the schismatics continues in Ukraine. Following on the heels of its Synod’s decision to officially liquidate the “Kiev Patriarchate” (KP), the “Orthodox Church of Ukraine” (OCU) has ramped up the re-registering of KP properties to its own jurisdiction.
At the beginning of July, the Holy Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church decided to remove Bishop Maxim (Vasiljevic) of Western America and Associate Professor Mark Vilotic, the secretary of Bishop Gregory of Dusseldorf, from the Faculty of Orthodox Theology of the University of Belgrade.
Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople welcomed a group of students from the theological seminaries and academies of the “Orthodox Church of Ukraine” (OCU) at the Patriarchal Cathedral of St. George in Istanbul on Sunday, July 14.
Our conscience is clear—it is not us who seize churches, but it is our churches being seized. We do not violate anyone’s rights, but our believers suffer because of their loyalty to God. We do not shed blood and we do not provoke the incitement of sectarian strife.
His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch and Аll the East received a delegation from Russia last week, which had arrived in Syria on a humanitarian mission with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.