Creation of independent Ukrainian Church delayed as Ecumenical Patriarch fails to win support

When Patriarch Bartholomew lifted the anathemas on Filaret Denisenko and Makary and pledged his efforts to create an autocephalous (independent) Orthodox Church in Ukraine, he boldly proclaimed that everyone would go along with his decision. However, a piece in TASS published November 30 proposes that perhaps the reason this process has been delayed over and over is because the other Orthodox Churches in fact did not think this was the right move and that by extension, the Patriarch is complicit in creating a fake Ukrainian Church (edited for grammar and emphasis). The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople has been deliberately delaying the process of granting autocephaly to Ukraine because it has so far failed to win the support of other national Orthodox churches, Spokesman for Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Priest Alexander Volkov, has told TASS. On Thursday, it became known that the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople […] failed to set the date for the…

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