The Kyiv Patriarchate commented on the statement of the press services of the synod of the Church of Greece regarding the canonicity of the “consecration” of Chrysostomos Kallis in Filaret Denisenko`s structure, the website of the Mariupol and Dervenochori Metropolis of the UOC-KP reports.
In a published statement by the Metropolis of the UOC-KP, it is said that “it would be expedient for the Greek Church to resolve issues and problems of its own jurisdiction and its own clergy, and not the bishops and clergy of another church jurisdiction and another country, as in this case.”
The document emphasizes that Chrysostomos Kallis is “an elected canonical and legal metropolitan of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate and has no other relationship with any other church authority outside it.”
“Finally, we directly and categorically declare that Metropolitan Chrysostomos with longsuffering forgives all those who try to harm him personally in various ways, and prays for them that God will enlighten them and forgive them for their special attitude towards His Eminence,” the statement said.
The UOC-KP asked everyone to “respect the suffering of the people” of Ukraine, pray for peace between church jurisdictions “and not create further problems and tensions among Ukrainian Orthodox believers in the midst of such a serious situation.”
Earlier it was reported that the Synod of the Greek Church reacted to the admission of the Greek Old Calendarist into the ranks of the UOC-KP.