Major Step to Ukrainian Church Independence
Head to Head Interview with Lyudmyla Filipovych, the Head of the Religious Studies Department at the Institute of Philosophy
It means that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is moving closer to attaining independence. Recently, the president and the Ecumenical Patriarchate signed an agreement on founding the church. This step moves the process of receiving Tomos to the final stage.
“We are coming out of the subordination to the Moscow Patriarchate. And we are becoming a part of the Orthodox family – the Christian family. I think the brand of the non-canonical church will forever be washed away,” Lyudmyla Filipovych, the Head of the Religious Studies Department at the Institute of Philosophy said.
Moscow called the official joining of Ukraine to the Orthodox family “catastrophic,” “outside the canonical domain,” and labeled the decision “exclusively political.”
“The right to have the autocephalous church and your desire, which you have had for many years is being fulfilled today. Balkan people have this right and have received autocephaly from the Mother Church. It is the exclusive right of the Mother Church to grant autocephaly when it believes it to be appropriate,’ Patriarch Bartholomew, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople of the Eastern Orthodox Church said.