STORY NOW CONFIRMED – Published on: Oct 11, 2018 @ 20:35 – In yet another major and shocking development in the world of Christian Orthodoxy, the Patriarchate of Constantinople has apparently removed the anathema from the schismatic Filaret, and the head of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Macarius. This is according to an official statement from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Kiev Patriarchate. The UOC-KP is a schismatic grouping hitherto unrecognized by world Orthodoxy.
This comes as the Synod of the Constantinople Patriarchate increasingly has declared for itself ‘Papal’ powers similar to the Bishop of Rome.
Both clerics had previously appealed to the patriarchate, citing the right of appeal, which would restore them to canonical dignity.
In addition, the Synod of the Constantinople Patriarchate has supposedly declared illegal the “annexation of the Kievan Metropolis by the Russian Church in 1686”.
This was stated by the press secretary of the UOC-KP Evstrati Zorya. He wrote on his page on the social network.
“Immediately from several sources information was received on the two expected decisions of the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
1. On the satisfaction of the appeal of Patriarch Filaret (as well as the appeal of Metropolitan Macarius).
2. On the recognition of the illegal annexation of the Kyiv Metropolis by the Russian Church in 1686, ”
If true, the geopolitical and historical ramifications of this are tremendous. The present Constantinople Patriarch is making dangerous moves which will forever damage the mission of the Church and the balance of agreements which have held it together subsequent to the fall of Constantinople in 1453. FRN will continue to seek additional confirmation regarding this report.