The Whole Truth About the Ukrainian Church Issue
By the Holy Monastery of Pantocrator, Mount Athos 2020
It is known that the issue of the Autocephaly of the Church of Ukraine has troubled the entire Οrthodox world –and not only. It is the biggest ecclesiastical topic of the last decades, not so much because of the creation of the fifteenth Orthodox independent Church, but because of the reaction of the Church of Russia that provoked division within Orthodoxy with the termination of the commemoration and commu- nion with its faithful and all that recognise the new Autocephalous Church of Ukraine.
Based on some rules selectively, they try to convince the others that they behave according to those rules, while they willingly ignore many other of them, even the holy tradition and the ecclesiastical practice, which negate their claims. The same people, of course, continue the polemic against the Ecumenical Patriarchate, without paying attention to the word of the Gospel: ‘if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing; but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it—lest you even be found to fight against God’.
As an answer to the assertions made by those that represent the Patriarchate of Moscow, we expound –knowing and participating in the ecclesiastical issue that has arisen– our views on the subject, aiming to present its truth and enlighten the faithful…
Hieromonk Niketas of Pantocrator