2018-09-14 15:29:00

Constantinople Patriarchate has no right to interfere in Ukrainian church affairs - Metropolitan Onufry

Moscow, September 14, Interfax - Constantinople Patriarch Bartholomew had no right to interfere in the church affairs of Kiev, Metropolitan Onufry of Kiev and All Ukraine said.

"The Constantinople Patriarchate sent two exarchs to Ukraine. It's anti-canonical, that is, it's a non-canonical action by the Constantinople Church," Metropolitan Onufry said in an interview aired on Ukraine's Inter television on Friday.

"Constantinople has no moral or canonical right to interfere in Ukrainian affairs," Metropolitan Onufry said. "Do they want to run our life?" the metropolitan said, adding that the church "cannot live according to secular life standards."

The granting of a Constantinople tomos on autocephaly would limit the freedom of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, he said.

"We have our own Synod, we have our own Bishops Council, we have our church court, we have everything [...] A tomos is already a restriction of the freedom that we have. We don't need that. If someone needs it, let them do it, we don't need it, we have all attributes of free life for our spiritual successful service to people," Metropolitan Onufry said.

A week ago, the Constantinople Patriarchate appointed two exarchs to Kiev "as part of the preparations for granting autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.