Synod of Greek Church not to consider “Ukrainian issue” in March

The Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church

The upcoming Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church will not consider the “Ukrainian church issue,” said the UOC spokesperson, Archpriest Nikolai Danilevich.

Greek media published the agenda of the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Greece to be held on March 19-21, 2019. "Ukrainian church issue" is not planned to discuss, Deputy Head of the Department for External Church Relations of the UOC Archpriest Nikolai Danilevich wrote on his Facebook page.

He recalled that at the previous meeting of the Holy Synod this question was sent to study by commissions.

“The main topic to be discussed at the Bishops' Council will be church-state relations, taking into account recent legislative changes concerning the Church of Greece,” writes Fr. Nikolai.

In addition, new metropolitans will be chosen for the vacant departments and the vicar bishop.

"It is obvious that the attitude of the GOC to the "OCU" will be expressed at one of the following Bishops' Councils, which is due later," the spokesperson for the UOC added.

He stressed that so far seven Orthodox Churches have already spoken against the recognition of the OCU.

As the UOJ reported, at the end of last year, the Synod of the Church of Greece refused to include in the official agenda a discussion on the granting of autocephaly to the Ukrainian Church, despite the proposal of a number of metropolitans. Archbishop Jerome of Athens and All Greece considered it unacceptable to bring this matter up for discussion by the Synod.

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