Ukraine: The UOC wants discussion on the primacy in the Orthodox Church

The Synod of the UOC-MP instructed the Kyiv Theological Academy, with the participation of representatives of local churches, to hold events dedicated to the theological and canonical understanding of the principle of conciliarity and the issue of primacy in the Orthodox Church. This is reported by the Information and Educational Department of the UOC-MP. They plan to hold such a discussion this year. The Moscow Patriarchate claims that the Ecumenical Patriarch allegedly violated the principle of Conciliarity due to "unilateral interference in Ukrainian Сhurch affairs" and that the Ecumenical Patriarchate "misinterprets" certain rules of the IV Ecumenical Council. The planned events will be dedicated to the 1970th anniversary of the Apostolic Council in Jerusalem and the 1570th anniversary of the IV Ecumenical Council.

"Special attention will be focused on the theological, canonical and historical interpretation of the 28th rule of the IV Ecumenical Council, to which representatives of the Patriarchate of Constantinople appeal, defending their claims to unique power in the Orthodox Church," the UOC-MP notes.

Recall that President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky invited Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to come to Ukraine this year to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Ukraine's Independence. The Ecumenical Patriarch accepted the invitation and assured that he was looking forward to visiting Kyiv. (Quelle: www.risu.ua, 13. Mai 2021)

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