The Primate of the Polish Church, Metropolitan Sawa, again declared the absence of a canonical hierarchy in the OCU. He believes that Filaret, after the prohibitions of the Russian Orthodox Church, performed his “consecrations”, being a layman, respectively, Dumenko and other “hierarchs” of the OCU are in the same status. The Primate stated this in an interview with «polityka».
“Filaret was deprived of ordination and has no right to bestow it on others. We mean the non-canonical ordination of Epiphany, the head of this new Ukrainian church, says the Polish Primate. “Epiphany was “ordained” by the former Metropolitan Filaret, who was deprived of his episcopal consecration, that is, formally a layman.”
Metropolitan Sawa emphasized that the Polish Church does not recognize Filaret’s “ordinations” and recalled that Patriarch Bartholomew had held the same position not so long ago.
“For 22 years, Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople has recognized the decision of the Moscow Patriarchate to deprive him of his ordination and depose Metropolitan Filaret to the status of a layman, as a schismatic of the Church. But various forces intervened: someone tried to convince Patriarch Bartholomew to grant autocephaly to the Ukrainian Church under the leadership of Epiphany.”
The Polish Primate noted that “all Orthodox Churches, including ours, recognize that Filaret was deprived of ordination and has no right to confer it on others.”
The Metropolitan says, there is only one way out for Dumenko – In the canonical ordination. Only in this case it will be possible to talk about the legal status of the OCU hierarchy: “Then it can be part of the Ukrainian clergy.”