For whose benefit might a Metochion of Ecumenical Patriarchate in Ukraine be established?

Nadia Bazuk – OCP News Service – Independent Article – 6/2/18

The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople could, in the near future, open a metochion in Kyiv and perhaps in Lviv as well. The Ukrainian agency Union of Orthodox Journalists has learned of the alleged plans from unofficial sources, and reports that the decision could be made at one of the next meetings of the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

However, it is unclear who might be interested to have Constantinople’s dependency in Ukraine. The recent appeal of Patriarch Filaret to Moscow, as well as his denial to place himself under the authority of Constantinople, do not at all fit in with the anticipated steps of Fanar.

According to experts, if the Ecumenical Patriarchate makes such a decision, it will dramatically worsen relations between the Constantinople and Moscow. The canonical Ukrainian Church is under the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate. Reportedly, several Primates of other Local Orthodox Churches have, in personal communication, strongly urged His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew not to interfere in Ukrainian Church matters.

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