A US Army Officer Is in Contention to Lead Ukraine’s Autocephalous Church

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard



The head of the United Local Church (ULC) [a church that will be created in Ukraine if the Kiev Patriarchate is granted Autocephaly by Constantinople – ed] can elect the Archbishop Daniel of Pamphylia. As the journalists of “Fraza” have found out, such a proposal was made by the president of the Ukrainian University in Washington, professor Vladimir Ivanenko.

Ivanenko considers that “God has pointed his the finger at Archbishop Daniel as the optimum candidate for the Patriarch of the future Local Church”.

The head of the Ukrainian University also named among the potential applicants: the leader of Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate Filaret Denisenko, the head of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC) Makariy Maletych and the hierarch of the Kharkov and Poltava diocese of the UAOC (o) Igor Isichenko, reports “raskolam.net”.

The professor said that “one of those hierarches of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) who will make their choice in favour of the Ukraine’s local orthodox church” can lay claim to becoming a patriarch in the united church structure.

Archbishop Daniel (Vladimir Zelinsky) was born in Western Ukraine. In 1996 he emigrated to the US where he studied in the Catholic University of America. In 2006 Daniel was appointed as an officer of the US Army (Chaplain Corps).

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