Ukraine has a new Metropolitan
Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate elected a new locum tenens - Metropolitan Onufry of Chernovtsy.
Election of locum tenens is due to severe disease of the Celebrant Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev.
“We have good and bad news at the same time. Start with the sad news: Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is forced to admit the inability of the Holiest Metropolitan Volodymyr (Sabodan) to govern the Church, as he is on the way of the fathers,” said on the Facebook page the priest of the church, Archimandrite Alipiy Svetlichny.
“The good news: Locum tenens of the First Hierarch throne of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church was elected His Eminence Metropolitan Onufry of Chernovtsy and Bukovina. Brilliant bishop and true monk. This one can stand for the Church till the end,” continues the priest.
“The state of physical health of Holiest Metropolitan Vladimir gives grounds for enacting paragraph 14 of Section V of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Founding Charter, namely, existence of the reasons that make it impossible for Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine Vladimir to execute the duties of the Celebrant of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church,” reads a statement on the official website of the Moscow Patriarchate.
Metropolitan Onufry is one of the fathers of the Kharkov cathedral, where in the early 1990s, the bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church voted against the course of then Metropolitan of Kiev Filaret for independence from Moscow.