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On August 28, 2019, the three-day
session of the Standing Synod of the Orthodox Church of Greece drew to a close,
at which, among other things, the issue of the Greek Church’s position in
relation to the autocephaly granted to the so-called “OCU” by
Patriarch Bartholomew was discussed.
The patriarch Bartholomew
repeatedly noted in his public statements that “the main goal of granting
autocephaly to Ukraine was aspiration to cure the existing schism and to
restore church unity in the country”. And that the Constantinople patriarchate was
pushed by “the addresses and requests of most of the Ukrainian believers” and
also unconditional rights and the privileges of the Ecumenical throne supported
by all Orthodox world “to act as the highest church authority, to accept
appeals against decisions of other Local churches and to grant autocephaly, without
necessity to accept anybody’s other opinion”.
On 25, June, 2019 the representatives of 10 Local Churches came to Kyiv
to congratulate Metropolitan Onufriy of Kiev and All Ukraine on his 75th birthday and 5th anniversary since enthronement day and to support
the canonic Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
On May 24, at the initiative
of the Primate of the “Orthodox Church of Ukraine” (“OCU”)
Epifaniy, “prompted by” the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew,
the Holy Synod of the so-called “OCU” was held, at which its
participants discussed the situation in the Church after receiving autocephaly
and the latest public statements and actions of the Honorary Patriarch of
“OCU” Filaret. According to the results of the Synod, its members did
not allow, but only temporarily froze the split within the “OCU”,
which was caused by the fundamentally different personal strategies of
Bartholomew and Filaret.
Last summer, famed Orthodox patrologist and philosopher Jean-Claude Larchet, Ph.D. made a jarring suggestion at a session of the International Conference on Digital Media and Orthodox Pastoral Care in Crete (DMOPC18). The Orthodox Church should, in his view, officially call for Her faithful to abstain during fasting periods from using the internet in general and social media in particular. Dr Larchet said, in part: “Completely cutting oneself off from media of any kind during the Lenten periods is an ideal solution for finding the hesychiaindispensable to the deepening of the spiritual life, which is precisely the main goal of the fasting periods.”
As an independent news portal, Orthodoxia-News wants to publish plural opinions and encourage discourse . We are thankful for a statement by one of the parties in the conflict.