The Bishops’ Council of the Polish Orthodox Church did not support the proposition of the Kiev authorities to grant autocephality to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, the Izvestia information portal reported on May 18 citing the press service of the Polish Episcopate.
According to the press service, the Council stated that it is absolutely necessary to comply with the canonical norms of the church. Also, the statement points out that only one church in one country can have the status of autocephaly. The Council’s decision was addressed to the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (Moscow Patriarchate) Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine Onufry.
In April, the President of Ukraine Pyotr Poroshenko announced the initiation of a procedure which is necessary for the establishment of a united local church in the country. At the same time, according to media reports, the leaders of the local orthodox churches did not support Poroshenko’s address to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew asking to grant the Tomos (document granting autocephality to a church ― Rossa Primavera Information Agency).
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency