Simeon: I thought UOC-KP and UAOC members would be secretly re-ordained

"Metropolitan" Simeon (Shostatsky) of the OCU. Photo: risu.ua

Ex-Metropolitan of the UOC Simeon (Shostatsky) hoped the exarchs of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, who arrived in Ukraine in 2018, would re-ordain the schismatics.

On January 15, 2021, “Metropolitan” Simeon (Shostatsky) of the OCU said in an interview with the Uniate edition “RISU” that before the “Unification Council” the OCU thought that the members of the UOC-KP and the UAOC would be secretly re-ordained by Phanariots.

Simeon admitted that “before we had called them (UOC-KP and UAOC – Ed.) schismatics,” and that “it sounded like this not only from our side, but the whole Orthodox world also said so.”

“To be honest, when I learned that the exarchs had arrived, I thought there would be non-public re-ordinations. But, being guided by oikonomia, referring to past practices in the life of the Church, the Ecumenical Patriarch recognized the legality of ordinations (of the UOC-KP and UAOC – Ed.) and accepted everyone in their existing dignity,” Shostatsky said.

Earlier, the UOJ wrote that according to the former Metropolitan of the UOC Simeon (Shostatsky), his conscience did not allow him to stay in the UOC.

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