Patriarch Filaret ignores new independent church's warnings, invites bishops to attend "Council"
Honorary Patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine Filaret ignored the earlier warning by the OCU and proceeded to sending bishops invitations to attend the council he has scheduled for June 20.
Earlier, the Orthodox Church of Ukraine declared that the so-called "Council" of the now non-existent Kyiv Patriarchate announced by Filaret would mean a split in church and entail "canonical consequences" for its participants, Cerkvarium reports.
The outlet has published a photo of one of the invitations, dated June 14.
"I invite you to take part in the local council of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate, which will be held at the St. Volodymyr's Patriarchal Cathedral in the City of Kyiv on June 20, 2019, at 11:00," the document says.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Filaret appointed the date of the "Council", where he seeks to officially resume the activities of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate.