Cyprus Mail

Senior clerics to continue discussion of Ukraine issue following rift

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The Church Holy Synod will on Wednesday continue discussing a rift that emerged after Archbishop Chrysostomos recognised the Metropolitan of Kiev Epiphany, thus recognising the independence of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

The Archbishop’s stance on the matter has split the island’s clergy because he had not secured the agreement of the Holy Synod beforehand.

Paphos Bishop Georgios told reporters after Tuesday’s meeting that discussion would continue and possibly conclude on Wednesday.

Georgios would not say what decision was expected but he said it was within a spirit of love and cooperation.

Metropolitans Athanasios of Limassol, Nikiphoros of Kykkos, Isaias of Tamassos and Nicholas of Amathounta, Chrysostomos’ fiercest critics, released a joint statement at the beginning of November slamming  the Archbishop’s act as a “gross violation of the collegial and democratic order of our Orthodox Church and of the way in which the Orthodox Church functions on the basis of this system.”

During Monday’s synod, they reiterated their concerns and called upon him to retract his position, claiming that the autocephaly of Orthodox Church of Ukraine would be anti-canonical.

Autocephaly refers to those churches which are not, in any way, dependent upon any other church, or churches, for their life and mission.

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