ROC assured of the authenticity directed her letters Filaret

© RIA Novosti / Stringreplace in fotobanka of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patriarchate, Patriarch Filaret. Archival photoROC assured of the authenticity directed her letters Filaret© RIA Novosti / Stringreplace the image Bank

In the Russian Orthodox Church said that a letter was received from the former Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine Filaret Denisenko, a proposal to reconcile and overcome the schism in Ukraine, real and signed by him. In the Russian Orthodox Church stated that it was not responsible for interpreting the media content and recommend you read the full text of the decision of the Synod of bishops on the Church website.

Earlier, the Council of bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church adopted a resolution outlining the request of Filaret on the restoration of the prayerful and Eucharistic communion with the Christians, consisting of the Ukrainian Church split, and the abolition of «all decisions, including the banning and separation». «I apologize to all that have sinned — in word, deed, and all my senses, — and also from the heart to sincerely forgive all» — leads the Cathedral is an excerpt from his letter. The Cathedral has considered the letter «a step to overcome the split» in Ukraine and created a special Commission for negotiations with the Kyiv Patriarchate. In turn, the press Secretary of the KP Archbishop yevstratii Zoria said that no appeal to the Russian Orthodox Church about repentance or the return to its structure can not be considered.

«We are talking about the actual letter that I held in my hands, signed by the former Metropolitan of the former Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine Filaret,» said RIA Novosti Deputy Chairman of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Archpriest Nikolai Balashov, who became part of the established by Council of the ROC of the Commission.

He noted that the Church cannot be responsible for the interpretation that «some media give the definition of the Council of bishops» (supposedly Filaret asked pardon, and refutes Zorya – ed.).

The interlocutor of Agency has underlined that the full text of the decision of the Synod of bishops «On the treatment of the former Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine Filaret» published on the official website of the Russian Orthodox Church.

«I would recommend to carefully read it to anyone interested in the overcoming of schism, the consequences of which are very painful impact on the state of civil peace in Ukraine and for relations between our fraternal peoples», — said the representative of the Russian Church.

Ukraine currently operates the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which is a self-governing Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, and unrecognized by the world Orthodox Church structures — the Kyiv Patriarchate (UOC KP) and Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC).

In 1992, Metropolitan Filaret (Denysenko), who previously held the chair of Kiev, and after the death of Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Pimen in 1990, elected the Locum Tenens of the Patriarchal throne, not satisfied with provided Ukrainian Church independence and autonomy in the management of the Moscow Patriarchate, first demanded for her autocephaly. Without the consent, Filaret created and legally registered so-called Kiev Patriarchate. None of the canonical local Orthodox churches, its legitimacy is not recognized. In 1997, the ROC betrayed Philaret and his followers anathema.

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