In the context of the study undertaken by the Ecumenical
Patriarchate for the granting of the ecclesiastical status of autocephaly
to Ukraine, various opinions have been formulated—even by
representatives of official institutions—expressing misgiving about the
canonical prerogative of the Church of Constantinople to proceed with
such an act. The principal argument proposed in this regard is that
Ukraine “constitutes the canonical territory of the Patriarchate of
Moscow” and that, consequently, such an act on the part of the
Ecumenical Patriarchate would comprise an “intervention” into a
foreign ecclesiastical jurisdiction.
Therefore, it has been deemed necessary for the Ecumenical
Patriarchate to remind everyone of the historical and canonical truth
with regard to the relationship of the Church of Constantinople to the
Church of Ukraine as derived from the surviving formal documents,
which unfortunately are either disregarded or else deliberately
obscured for apparent reasons.