2019-10-13 20:45:00

Holy Synod of Moscow Patriarchate to assess Church of Greece decision to recognize OCU this fall

Moscow, October 13, Interfax - The Holy Synod will articulate the Russian Orthodox Church's stance on the Church of Greece's decision to recognize the new Ukrainian church, the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU).

"Well, the decision of the Church of Greece to uphold the proposal [of its head] Archbishop Ieronymos to recognize the OCU. Despite the requests of several hierarchs to refrain from any immediate decision. We will carefully study the adopted decisions. The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church will assess these and their implications for the Orthodox world and for interdenominational relations," Archpriest Nikolay Balashov, deputy head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, told Interfax.

The Holy Synod will gather promptly for the next meeting this fall, he said.

The so-called Orthodox Church of Ukraine was set up in December 2018 with support of the Constantinople Patriarchate and then acting Ukrainian authorities basing on the country’s two non-canonical religious organizations. Till now none of the canonical Churches has recognized it except Constantinople one.