06 December 2018, 16:50
Ukrainian presidential advisor describes future local Ukrainian church
Kiev, December 6, Interfax - The tomos which the Constantinople Patriarchate will grant the unified local Ukrainian Orthodox church envisages, above all, its independence, according to Rostislav Pavlenko, the director of the National Strategic Research Institute and an advisor to the Ukrainian president.
"1. The church is an independent entity, not a part of a different entity (a different church), the way that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) is part of the Russian Orthodox Church). 2. The church elects its own head, and he does not have to receive a 'blessing' from a different church, as happens in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate). 3. The church has its own place in the Diptych (order of mentioning)," Pavlenko wrote on Facebook.
The tomos provides that the church will be independent in its internal life, he wrote.
"The recognition of the right to appeal to the ecumenical patriarch is not a restriction - it's one of the privileges of the ecumenical [patriarch] as first in honor. Everyone except for the Russian Orthodox Church recognizes that [...] there is no such thing as an 'informal head.' The head of the autocephalous church is the first among the bishops elected by them," Pavlenko wrote.
The charter of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church will be discussed and adopted by Ukrainian bishops at the unification assembly, he wrote.
The "Russian stories" about granting autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church should be ignored and should not be disseminated, Pavlenko wrote.
According to earlier reports, the Unification Assembly will take place in St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev on December 15.