Parishioners of the Church of the Nativity in the village of Kurilovka in the Dnipropetrovsk Province have sent letters to various officials, including Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, in defense of His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine and the faithful of the canonical Church.
The number of church seizures by supporters of the nationalist church, recognized only by the Patriarchate of Constantinople, and various provocations and persecutions against the faithful of the canonical Church have significantly increased recently.
The Church of Antioch firmly rejects the division of the Orthodox Churches and supports the position of the canonical Ukrainian Church and the Russian Church in the ongoing Ukrainian crisis, His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch and All the East said at a meeting with a Russian delegation on Thursday.
Today, January 17, the Ukrainian Parliament adopted the scandalous bill No. 4128 (on the affiliation of religious organizations and the procedure for the state registration of religious organizations with the status of a legal entity).
At his meeting with a Russian delegation today, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad spoke about attempts to divide the Church of Antioch into two separate Churches of Syria and Lebanon according to the pattern of the Church schism in Ukraine.
Met. Kallistos went over the history of primacy and synodality in the Church and reflected upon the current state of the Church, making especially interesting comments on 2016’s Crete Council and the current crisis created by Constantinople’s interference in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
Former Metropolitan Alexander Drabinko has “blessed” the community of the St. Nicholas-Dormition Cathedral in Kolomyia to defect to the so-called “Orthodox Church of Ukraine” created by the Patriarchate of Constantinople and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, despite the fact that he has no jurisdictional relation to the cathedral.
Only one question remains for the Ukrainian state that is intent on taking the Kiev Caves Lavra away from the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church—to re-register it, or to simply seize it and give it to Patriarch Bartholomew’s Ukrainian nationalist church, commented the abbot of the Lavra His Eminence Metropolitan Pavel of Vyshgorod and Chernobyl on Ukrainian television.
The Patriarchate of Constantinople has published the full text of the “Patriarchal and Synodal Tomos for the Bestowal of the Ecclesiastical Status of Autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine” in English on its official website.
Several Serbian hierarchs have continued speaking out against Constantinople’s actions in Ukraine, affirming that their stance is a matter of canonical fidelity and not of supporting this or that Church. Constantinople’s actions are, in their eyes, an attack on the entire Church itself and Christ Himself.