Kiev, May 12, 2022
The canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church will gather all its clergy and faithful to discuss issues of Church life that arose as a result of the fratricidal war that began in late February.
The Holy Synod met today at the Kiev Caves Lavra under the chairmanship of His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine. The UOC’s Information-Education Department reports:
The Holy Synod responded to questions about the future of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. In particular, the Synod members positively assessed the possibility of a thorough and comprehensive discussion of any issues of Church life. But it’s fundamentally important that this process takes place without violating Church order.
In the near future, a meeting will be convened with the participation of bishops, priests, monastics, and laity of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to discuss the problems of Church life that arose as a result of the war. At the same time, the Synod members stressed that the discussion on this or that issue should not lead to going beyond the canonical field and should not lead to new divisions in the Church of Christ.
Recall that a number of hierarchs and clergy have stopped commemorating His Holiness Patriarch Kirill and some have called for the UOC Synod to initiate the process for requesting autocephaly from the Russian Orthodox Church.