Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware):
The Phanar granted a tomos of autocephaly to schismatics
A hierarch of the Church of Constantinople, speaking at an authoritative theological conference, declared that the tomos granted to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine was in fact given to schismatic groups.
In the opinion of the renowned Patristics scholar and theologian, President Emeritus of the International Institute of the Athonite Legacy, His Eminence Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia of the Church of Constantinople, autocephaly was presented to the schismatic structures Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kievan Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, as reported by Natalia Vasilevich on her Facebook page.
Speaking at the International Orthodox Theological Association (IOTA) on January 9, 2019, Metropolitan Kallistos stated that “The Constantinople Patriarchate granted a Tomos of autocephaly to schismatic groups, the so-called Kievan Patriarchate under the leadership of Philaret Denisenko and the so-called Autocepalous Church under Metropolitan Makary.”
Ms Vasilevich posted a photo of the hierarch’s presentation with the text in Romanian, French and Greek.
As reported by the Union of Orthodox Journalists, the Metropolitan of Diokleia had previously stated that Ukraine is associated with the Russian Church, while the Tomos granted to the Ukrainian schismatics is an error by Patriarch Bartholomew.