Historian: It is His Beatitude Onuphry who tolerates Patriarch Bartholomew
Patriarch Bartholomew's words about the UOC status have no canonical grounds, so His Beatitude Onuphry tolerates the presence of Phanar in Ukraine, Tolochko said.
The Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, a member of the Academy of Europe and the International Union of Slavic Archeology Pyotr Tolochko, in his commentary on the statement of Patriarch Bartholomew about the status of the UOC, noted that Phanar is ignorant about canon law, and His Beatitude Onuphry actually tolerates the presence of the structures of the Patriarchate of Constantinople on the Ukrainian land.
The historian believes that the decision of Patriarch Bartholomew to abolish the Tomos of 1686 given by Patriarch Dionysius IV of Constantinople in 1686 does not correspond to either canonical or legal law,” the historian said on the air of First Cossack channel.
Tolochko noted that, unlike the new Tomos of 2019, the ancient Tomos was approved by the Council of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, the then Patriarchs of other Orthodox Churches and even the Turkish vizier, making it impossible to cancel it.
“He (Patriarch Bartholomew – Ed) said that he tolerates His Beatitude Onuphry? Rather, His Beatitude tolerates the presence of Bartholomew in our Ukrainian Church,” the historian summed up.
As reported by the UOJ, human rights activists have found that the words of the head of Phanar about the UOC contain hate speech that incites sectarian strife.