Poroshenko says tomos on autocephaly of Ukrainian Orthodox Church may be confirmed by other patriarchs along with Bartholomew
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko does not rule out that a tomos on the autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine will be confirmed not only by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, but by other patriarchs, including Russia's Kirill.
"The ideal scenario for me would be if along with Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, the tomos on the autocephaly is confirmed by all the Orthodox churches, including the Russian patriarch. In my opinion, this is the only way [for Russia] to at least partially wash off the atrocities and the sins that were committed on the Ukrainian territory by Russian military, Russian propagandists, and sometimes, sadly, by Russian priests. Do I believe that this is possible? The Lord does miracles. I do not rule this out," Poroshenko said in the "Freedom of Speech" talk show on the ICTV Channel on Monday evening.
He also stressed that no one can apply the right of veto to the decision of the ecumenical patriarch.
"But can Kilrill prevent them from giving us the tomos about autocephaly, the right to independence? I want to stress that no one, including Kirill has the right to veto for the decision of the ecumenical patriarch. He does not ask permission from Kirill, but holds consultations on this matter," Poroshenko said.
As reported, the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople accepted the appeal from the president of Ukraine to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew asking the patriarch to grant a tomos (an official church document) about the autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, a decision was made to start the procedures necessary to grant autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
In addition, the ecumenical patriarch was handed a resolution of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on supporting the president's appeal Ukraine.
As reported, on April 17, Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko said about his intentions to appeal to Archbishop of Constantinople, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, asking him to issue a tomos (an official church document) granting autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, and called on the Verkhovna Rada to support it. According to him, if there is a relevant resolution of the Verkhovna Rada, the president's address and the appeal of church hierarchs, this appeal will be transferred to the Ecumenical Patriarch.
On April 19, 268 MPs supported the appeal of the president of Ukraine to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to grant a tomos about the autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.