Greek hierarch: OCU doesn’t exist, it cannot be given autocephaly

Source: Union of Orthodox Journalists

September 13, 2019


The hierarch of the Greek Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Seraphim (Mentzelopoulos) of Piraeus, is sure that the decision to reinstate the "two anathematized and non-ordained schismatic structures of Ukraine" is invalid, and therefore the decision to grant autocephaly to the OCU is invalid, either. His commentary on the decision of the Synodal Commissions of the Church of Greece on the recognition of the OCU was published by the Greek online edition “Romfea”.

In the commentary, Metropolitan Seraphim called the church structure recently created in Ukraine “a church that does not exist from the canonical point of view and consists of canon breakers”.

“This, of course, should be recognized by the Pan-Orthodox Council, which, by the work of Their Beatitude Primates of the Holy Orthodox Autocephalous Churches, should be convened in the fastest way to overcome this seemingly difficult problem, which, unfortunately, no one puts on a real canonical basis,” wrote the bishop of the Church of Greece.

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