2018-10-08 14:56:00

Georgian Patriarchate denies reports of recognition of Ukrainian autocephaly

Tbilisi, October 8, Interfax - The Georgian Patriarchate has denied reports in Ukrainian and Russian media about the Georgian Orthodox Church's recognition of the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, the Georgian Patriarchate said in a statement issued on Monday.

"Such reports began to be disseminated after the meeting between Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of All Georgia and Ukrainian Parliament Speaker Andrey Parubiy last week. The reports that the Georgian Church has recognized the autocephaly of the Ukrainian church are not true," the Patriarchate said.

At that meeting, Parubiy said Ukraine wants the autocephaly of its church to be recognized. The head of the Georgian Orthodox Church replied that it is difficult to achieve this goal at this time and recommended exercising extreme caution "to prevent a civil conflict," the Patriarchate said.

"As to the position of the Georgian Church on the issue of the autocephaly of the Ukrainian church, it remains unchanged: the Georgian Patriarchate will refrain from making comments until Constantinople and the Moscow Patriarchate finalize their official positions on the basis of canonical norms," it said.