Epiphany is still convinced that Filaret is OCU member

The head of the OCU Epiphany Dumenko. Photo: radiosvoboda.org

“The Patriarch of Kyiv and all Ukraine-Rus” Filaret is a “bishop” of the new church structure but he is in a state of self-isolation, the head of the OCU said.

The "Primate" of the OCU Epiphany Dumenko is convinced that the head of the UOC-KP Filaret Denisenko is a self-isolated "bishop" of the new church structure. He said this in an interview with the Internet edition “Radio Liberty”.

“The decisions regarding the status of the metropolis and the proclamation by Constantinople were taken by him (the head of the UOC-KP Filaret Denisenko – Ed.). If he had not agreed to such a status then, accordingly, there wouldn’t have been any Unification Council, we would not have received the Tomos. But he signed the relevant documents, he held a local council of the Kyiv Patriarchate, which dismissed all the structures,” said the head of the OCU.

Epiphany insists that all structures of the Kyiv Patriarchate ceased to exist.

“Now there is no need to talk about the existence of a separate structure of the Kyiv Patriarchate. Because neither de jure nor de facto this church is no longer here because it formed the basis of the only recognized Orthodox church,” said the “primate” of the Orthodox Church.

We recall that Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople stated that it was the Russians who called Filaret a schismatic but people love him very much.

The head of the UOC-KP himself continues to say that the OCU was registered illegally, and the original documents are in Istanbul. He also stated that Epiphany “has lived in a lie all his life”, and this made him such a person who “says a lie as the truth”. According to Filaret, the head of the OCU is not to blame for the fact that he is the son of the "Metropolitan" Daniil Chokaliuk, and this was the reason that Epiphany "absorbed the untruth and lives it".

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