Church Issue In Ukraine

The Georgian Patriarchate has chosen to refrain from a preliminary assessment of the situation surrounding the church issue in Ukraine however, says it "is praying for" the Patriarchate of Constantinople and the Russian Orthodox Church to peacefully resolve the church issue in Ukraine.

Earlier, the Patriarchate of Constantinople, in preparation for the provision of autocephaly, appointed its exarchs in Kyi. In addition, the Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew, said he intends to provide Ukraine with autocephaly. The Russian Orthodox Church regard such actions as an "invasion" of the canonical territory of another local church.

“At this stage, it is necessary to refrain from preliminary assessments until each of the parties fix their official and final position based on the norms of canonical law,” stated the Patriarchate of Georgia.

It also noted that this is a very sensitive topic.

"Of course, each of them (the Patriarchate of Constantinople and the Russian Orthodox Church) feels responsible to millions of Orthodox believers and cares about the unity of the Orthodox churches. We hope that they will try in every way to find a peaceful solution to the problem, for which we offer our prayers," stated the Patriarchate of Georgia.

By Shawn Wayne

03 October 2018 13:00