30 November 2018, 11:52
Autocephaly tomos won't be published until it's given to elected head of local Ukrainian church - Poroshenko's advisor
Kiev, November 30, Interfax - Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople will hand over the tomos on autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to its elected head, this is why the text of it cannot be published at the moment, Ukrainian presidential advisor Rostislav Pavlenko said.
The text of the tomos was adopted at the synod and it will become the basis for other decisions. "No further synods or separate decisions are necessary," Pavlenko said on his Facebook page.
Speaking about the text of the tomos, the Ukrainian president's advisor said that it should be a part of the statute, because it is what states the church's independence and, in fact, propositions adopted at the Constantinople Synod are aimed towards that.
"Ukrainian bishops will consider them in terms of [their] inclusion as elements of the statute, which is to be adopted at the council. Therefore, it is up to bishops to address them during preparations for the council," Pavlenko said.
Speaking about the date of the council, he reiterated that it would be convened in December.
"In the next few days, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will name the date [this December] for which the council is to be appointed. Bishops from the Kiev Patriarchate, the Ukrainian Autonomous Orthodox Church and those who wish from the Moscow Patriarchate will convene, approve the statute, and the head will be elected. He will immediately travel to Phanar, perform the [divine worship] with the Ecumenical patriarch and be granted the tomos," the presidential advisor said.
December in Ukraine will be full of church-related events, he said.
"And the next steps, which we expect, are the announcement of the date of the council and the beginning of preparations for it," he said.