Religious scholar Liudmyla Filipovych has confirmed the earlier statement of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew that the Kyiv Patriarchate had never existed in legal terms.
According to the expert, self-determination of a part of Orthodox believers regarding the creation of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate unfolded in 1992, the Obozrevatel online outlet reports.
However, their non-canonical existence, which finally ended with the recognition by the Constantinople Patriarchate, was finally halted.
According to Filipovych, the idea of creating a Patriarchal Throne in Kyiv will exist as a distant prospect for the Orthodox Church of Ukraine because the believers who are part of what today is metropolis would like to see its status raised to a Patriarchate.
The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew said at a meeting with Ukrainian journalists in Istanbul last week that the Kyiv Patriarchate had never, in fact, existed.