His Beatitude sends a letter of Patriarch Bartholomew back to Phanar

07 December 2018 14:36
His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufriy His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufriy

His Beatitude Onufriy and other hierarchs of the UOC, who received invitations to the “Unification Council”, sent them back without a reply to the sender — Phanar.

His Beatitude Onufriy, having received a letter from Patriarch Bartholomew with an invitation to the “unification council,” sealed the message in an envelope and sent it back to the author without an answer. Other hierarchs of the UOC intend to do the same, sending back invitations. This UOJ got to know about it from unofficial church circles.

Such actions of the hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church can be considered a response to the ambiguous Phanar's actions against the UOC and its bishops.

Recall that Patriarch Bartholomew sent out invitations to the “unification council” to the episcopate of the UOC. At the same time, some of the messages were addressed not to the hierarchs themselves, but to the heads of local administrations, who called the bishops "on the carpet" to hand it the document, and also personally urged the bishops to attend the "council".

In the envelope with the invitation, each bishop also received a copy of the letter of Patriarch Bartholomew to His Beatitude Onufriy, where it was reported that in case Met. Onifriy fails to attend the “unification council,” Phanar will regard the Metropolitan as schismatic. The UOC Spokesman, Protopriest Nikolai Danilevich, has already called Phanar’s actions “a global church raider of a pan-Orthodox scale”.

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