Saturday, October 6, 2018

Feel like reading 39 pages on Ukraine? Here's your chance.

(EP) - In the context of the study undertaken by the Ecumenical Patriarchate for the granting of the ecclesiastical status of autocephaly to Ukraine, various opinions have been formulated—even by representatives of official institutions—expressing misgiving about the canonical prerogative of the Church of Constantinople to proceed with such an act. The principal argument proposed in this regard is that Ukraine “constitutes the canonical territory of the Patriarchate of Moscow” and that, consequently, such an act on the part of the Ecumenical Patriarchate would comprise an “intervention” into a foreign ecclesiastical jurisdiction.

Therefore, it has been deemed necessary for the Ecumenical Patriarchate to remind everyone of the historical and canonical truth with regard to the relationship of the Church of Constantinople to the Church of Ukraine as derived from the surviving formal documents, which unfortunately are either disregarded or else deliberately obscured for apparent reasons.

View the Entire Document in PDF format in English here (PDF).


  1. In other news there will be a reading of recently discovered document The Donation of Constantine.

  2. I think there's a typo in the first line; shouldn't it read "It has been damned necessary for the Ecumenical Patriarchate to remind everyone..." ? It always is, according to them. As for 39 pages, well, thanks anyway I'll take the waterboard please.

  3. Perhaps we might just give the central quote from the text presented as translated:
    "Thus, on this matter, Patriarchal synodal letters were issued and registered in the codex of the Great Church of Christ, resolving that His Beatitude Patriarch Joachim of Moscovy and all Russia, our modesty’s beloved and precious brother and concelebrant, is able after permission to ordain as Metropolitan of Kyiv, according to ecclesiastical order, whomever those subjected to that Eparchy elect, in accordance with the Letter of Issue to those subjected to the Kyivan Eparchy, that is they thereby have this permission, whenever the need arises for person to become Metropolitan of Kyiv, to elect whomever they wish, and the same applies to the Patriarchs after him. And the Metropolis of Kyiv itself should be subjected to the Most Holy Patriarchal throne of Moscovy, while its acting hierarchs, the current and the one after him, should henceforth recognize each Patriarch of Moscovy as elder and presiding (hierarch) inasmuch as they are ordained by him, with complying with one condition alone: namely, that whenever the Metropolitan of Kyiv celebrates the bloodless and sacred sacrament in this diocese, he should commemorate among the first the venerable name of the all-holy Ecumenical Patriarch, inasmuch as everything good is distributed by him to the ends of the earth and he is the source of all things. This is also why, for the above-mentioned reasons, we have adopted a condescending attitude and offered this subjection to the throne of the Patriarch of Moscovy in response to the Patriarch of Moscovy."
    One might find fascinating the justification for the continued commemoration of the EP in Kiev in the historic text presented "inasmuch as everything good is distributed by him [the EP] to the ends of the earth and he [the EP] is the source of all things."