Power strug­gle erupts within Ukraine’s new Ortho­dox church

Kyiv Post - - Opinion -

Pa­tri­arch Emer­i­tus Fi­laret speaks to jour­nal­ists on May 15, 2019, in Kyiv. Fi­laret, for­mer head of the Kyiv Pa­tri­ar­chate and chief cam­paigner for Ukraine’s in­de­pen­dence from the Russian Ortho­dox Church, said he should gov­ern the uni­fied Ortho­dox Church of Ukraine while its elected head, Met­ro­pol­i­tan Epipha­nius, should rep­re­sent it in­ter­na­tion­ally. Such was the agree­ment be­tween him, Epipha­nius, and Pres­i­dent Petro Poroshenko last De­cem­ber, Fi­laret claimed at a press brief­ing in Kyiv on May 15. Fi­laret ac­cused Epipha­nius and Poroshenko of break­ing their words and mak­ing him a cer­e­mo­nial fig­ure with­out power. Epipha­nius de­nied the al­le­ga­tion of any agree­ment. “Per­son­ally, I didn’t make any prom­ises be­fore the Uni­fi­ca­tion Coun­cil,” he told BBC Ukraine. He said that Fi­laret wanted to re­turn to an old way of gov­ern­ing the church by one per­son while the Uni­fi­ca­tion Coun­cil chose a dif­fer­ent man­age­ment model: open and demo­cratic where the church is gov­erned by the Holy Synod and bish­ops’ coun­cil in ac­cor­dance with the statute and pro­vi­sions of the to­mos, a de­cree that granted an of­fi­cial recog­ni­tion of Ukraine’s new Ortho­dox church’s in­de­pen­dence from Rus­sia. (Oleg Pe­tra­siuk)

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