The anti-Orthodox portal “Religion in Ukraine” has posted an fake message about Metropolitan Jonathan (Yeletsky), reports the press service of the Tulchin eparchy.
The publication affirms that Bishop Jonathan assembled an emergency meeting of the clergy, at which he spoke about a possible candidate for the place of the head of the new autocephalous Church in Ukraine, Metropolitan Simeon (Shostack) of Vinnitsia. Also, the hierarch announced his decree prohibiting communion with the Phanar exarchs.
The press service of the Tulchin eparchy officially stated that there was no emergency meeting of the clergy of the Tulchin eparchy on September 14, 2018.
“This is a blatant slander. Accordingly, there was no mention of our brother Metropolitan Simeon of Vinnitsia and his “primacy” in the new “Ukrainian Orthodox Local Church”, either,” the document says.
It is also reported that the Tulchin eparchy considers the aforementioned false publication as a failed attempt to quarrel the good metropolitan neighbours on the question of the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church or as a private manifestation of the sms hallucination that embraced the adherents of the anti-canonical autocephalous idea in Ukraine.
At the same time, the eparchy explained that the circular order for the clergy and laity not to enter into communication with the exarchs “is no secret”, because it is published on the website.
“Metropolitan Jonathan does not expect any kind of apology from the editor of the portal for many years of “fair” fake messages about his person. A wasted effort,” the refutation says.