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“The Moscow Patriarchate no longer exists in ukraine today”—ABP. JOB (GETCHA)


Archbishop Job (Getcha), a hierarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, gave an interview with the BBCrecently in which he spoke about the crisis in Ukraine and the prerogatives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

In particular, he made the provocative claim that all bishops in Ukraine are now hierarchs of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, whether they knew it or not.

Job: It is also very important that by the Synod’s decision of October 11, the act of 1686 was abolished. From a canonical point of view, that means that the Moscow Patriarchate no longer exists in Ukraine today. All hierarchs are de facto hierarchs of the Ecumenical throne according to this decision of this synod, and now they have to wait for the directives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate regarding their further functioning and existence in the prospect of granting autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.


BBC: So, at some point Metropolitan Onuphry will receive a letter from Patriarch Bartholomew giving him some directives?

Job: I can’t tell you what will happen, but it is necessary to understand that the repeal of the act of 1686 abolished the administration of the Moscow Church of the Kiev Metropolia and all dioceses in Ukraine.

However, the entire episcopate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, and a growing number of dioceseshave proclaimed precisely that their canonical status as a self-governing body of the Russian Church is sufficient for their evangelical calling in Ukraine.

BBC: So you mean that those Ukrainian hierarchs who do not go to the unification council will find themselves outside the law, outside the canons on the territory of Ukraine?

Job: According to the canons of the Church, there cannot be two parallel Churches on one territory. If it would be as some say—that whoever doesn’t want Ukrainian autocephaly can remain as a Russian exarchate or whatever else—it’s simply anti-canonical. According to the canons of the Church, there should be only one Orthodox Church on the territory of one state, and this autocephalous Orthodox Church should unite everyone.

BBC: And Estonia?

Job: In Estonia, first, it’s not autocephalous. It’s an autonomous Church—there’s a difference. And second, the Estonian option was a compromise, found temporarily.

BBC: That is, it will not be Estonia in Ukraine?

Job: If we want to follow the canons of the Church, there cannot be a repetition of Estonia in Ukraine.

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