Phanar officially calls Filaret a member of OCU

Head of the UOC-KP Filaret Denisenko. Photo: Newsland

The Patriarchate of Constantinople ranked the head of the UOC-KP first in the list of "hierarchs" of the schismatic OCU.

With the blessing of the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Constantinople, Patriarch Bartholomew, Phanar published an official list of hierarchs of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, which included the head of the UOC-KP Filaret Denisenko. This was announced on his Facebook page by religious expert Yuri Chernomorets.

The publication called the “honorary patriarch” the “former Metropolitan of Kiev” and a member of the “Holy Synod”, and also recorded the first in the list of “hierarchs” of the OCU. The second is Makariy Maletich, the third is Simeon (Shostatsky). 

Recall that Filaret has repeatedly spoken out that he is not related to the OCU and considers himself the head of another religious structure – UOC-KP. He even declared that he was ready for anathema from Phanar and that it “doesn’t matter” to him.

Earlier, Filaret Denisenko accused Patriarch Bartholomew of striving to become an “Orthodox pope” and noted that the head of Phanar signed the Tomos and gave autocephaly to the OCU only to expand his sphere of influence and increase the number of the flock of Constantinople.

As reported by the UOJ, the head of the UOC-KP said that the Ministry of Culture acted illegally by registering the Kiev Metropolis of the OCU and demanded that Phanar return the original decisions of the “Council” of the UOC-KP.

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