Orthodox Church of Ukraine deprives Filaret of rights for Kyiv eparchy, churches

Patriarch Filaret of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate
Press-service of the Cabinet of Ministers
Synod of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) did not exclude honorary patriarch Filaret from the Episcopate of the church. However, it banned him from the ruling of Kyiv eparchy as
OCU] on the results of Synod session said
Particularly, the Synod canceled the decision dated February 5, 2019, which confirmed the rights of Filaret to rule Kyiv eparchy.
Considering special merit before Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the past, to state that honorary patriarch Filaret remains to be in the membership of Episcopate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine; however, he lost the canonical rights and commitments tied with the ruling of the eparchy, the message said.
The Synod decided that Filaret should appeal to the Holy Synod due to the council consideration of his future state at the OCU.

Besides, the Synod confirmed that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate and Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Churchunited in the single local Orthodox Church of Ukraine in December 2018.
Any decisions, orders and other documents issued by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate or by its statutory bodies after the legal registration of Kyiv Metropolis of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (OCU) on January 30, 2019, has no canonical and judicial power and they are initially invalid and cannot be executed, the message said.
At the same time, the Synods decision excluded two supporters of Filaret from OCU membership.
For active participation in the actions, which aim to stoke confrontation in the church environment, deliberate opposition to councils decisions, violation of 34th Apostolic rule, participation in the ordaining at strangers eparchy despite the Charter and canonical rules, Right Reverend Ioasaf (Shybaev), Metropolitan of Belhorod and Oboyansk and Right Reverend Petro (Moskalev), Valuisk Bishop, vicar of Belhorod Eparchy, to exclude them from June 24, 2019, from the membership of OCU Eparchy, the document said.

Earlier,Filaret conceded a split in the newly formed Orthodox Church of Ukraine
and stated that he had the authority to convene a council.
On October 11,the Synodus lifted the anathema from Filaret, head of theUkrainian Orthodox Church of Kyivan Patriarchate, and Makariy, Primate of Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. Filaret stated that the United Jubilee Bishops' Council would take place soon to create a unified Ukrainian local church.
Theceremony of signing of the Tomos took place on January 5, 2019, in Istanbul. On January 6, 2019, Ecumenical PatriarchBartholomew handed the Tomos on autocephaly and bishops crosier to Head of Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox ChurchEpiphaniy. The same day,Tomos landed in Kyiv.

On January 10, Tomos on autocephaly for theUkrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church which wasearlier signed by the Synodin Istanbul, hasreturned to Ukraine.
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