Sign the petition in defense of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church
Primates of Local Orthodox Churches
Holy Synods of Local Orthodox Churches
Bishops of Local Orthodox Churches
We implore you to stand up for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the Ecumenical Orthodoxy in the face of the anti-canonical actions of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church has been subjected to discrimination and assaults for several years. Despite numerous attempts at violent takeovers of churches, provocations, and incitement of religious hatred in the media, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which is canonically affiliated with the Russian Orthodox Church, managed to withstand in the years of 2015-2018. Believers succeeded to defend their churches and the wave of seizures was virtually halted in 2017. Since 2017, the threat to the Church has changed as draft laws Nos 4128, 4511, 5309 were tabled in the Ukrainian parliament, aimed at destroying the Church structure. This threat, however, was also surmounted owing to the mass protests of the faithful.
Notwithstanding, in 2018 Ukrainian Orthodoxy received an unexpected blow from Patriarch Bartholomew, who is longing to seize the churches and the canonical territory of the UOC. By the decision of the Holy Synod of the UOC, the Eucharistic communion with the Patriarchate of Constantinople was ceased. However, this did not make Patriarch Bartholomew backtrack on his intentions to subvert canonical Orthodoxy. Many Local Orthodox Churches have criticized the actions of Patriarch Bartholomew, but very few of them have been able to summon the fortitude and will to adopt canonical decisions that recognize the actions of Patriarch Bartholomew as non-canonical. Such an ambiguous position of some Local Orthodox Churches actually supports Patriarch Bartholomew in his illegal annexation of Ukraine. The silence of Local Orthodox Churches makes them responsible for the destiny of Orthodoxy in the world. If Patriarch Bartholomew is not right, then do apply the Holy Canons to him, as the Fathers of the Ecumenical and other Councils did, and if he is right, say so directly, and “let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.”
The Ukrainian authorities, motivated by the actions of the Ecumenical Patriarch, have already embarked upon search and seizure operations in the territories of Orthodox monasteries – both Holy Dormition Pochayiv Lavra and Kyiv-Caves Lavra.!
Those who disagree with the decisions of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew are openly persecuted in Ukraine!
Local Orthodox Churches must defend Orthodoxy in Ukraine and all over the world and stop Patriarch Bartholomew by concrete decisions of their Councils!
Not only the actions of Patriarch Bartholomew but also the silence of the Local Orthodox Churches will lead to a worldwide schism in Orthodoxy!
We implore the Primates of Local Orthodox Churches to urgently assess the actions of Patriarch Bartholomew in terms or their canonicity by concrete decisions of either Councils or Synods of the Local Orthodox Churches!
If Patriarch Bartholomew is wrong, he should be isolated from World Orthodoxy, and if he is right, then autocephaly should be granted to Ukrainian Orthodoxy after the consideration and consent of all the Local Orthodox Churches!
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