Some media illiterate conveyed the essence of the letters of Filaret, stated in the ROC

© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva in fotoreceptori Hilarion of Volokolamsk at the meeting of the Council of Federation of the Russian Federation. Archival photoSome media illiterate conveyed the essence of the letters of Filaret, stated in the ROC© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva the image Bank

Some of the media «illiterate conveyed the essence of the letter» the former Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine Filaret to Patriarch Cyril and the Synod of bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church, the concept of a «pardon» was not used in the resulting appeal. This is stated in the statement of the Chairman of the Department for external Church relations (DECR) Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.

«The concept of a «pardon» is not included in the canonical lexicon of the Orthodox Church and was not used in the letter», — is spoken in the comment of Metropolitan Hilarion, arrived in RIA Novosti.

As pointed out by the DECR Chairman, the head of the self-proclaimed «Kiev Patriarchate» requested the cancellation of «all decisions, including the banning and the separation… for the sake of God commanded the world, among fellow Orthodox Christians and reconciliation between peoples.» Filaret’s letter ended with the words: «I’m sorry all that have sinned in word, deed, and all my senses, and from the heart sincerely forgive everybody.»

«These words were received by members of the Council of bishops as evidence of readiness to begin negotiations to overcome the bitterness of separation, which lasts a quarter of a century. It is for negotiation, not for a «pardon», the Cathedral formed a Commission», — is spoken in the comment of Metropolitan Hilarion.

«I think it important that those who will be further involved in the negotiations, did not respond to a distorted flow of the Church’s decisions in the media. The official position of the Church is reflected in the rulings of Church authorities and published by the Church on its own information resources», — said the head of the DECR.

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, first demanded autocephaly for the Ukrainian Church, and then, without obtaining a consent, has created and legally registered so-called Kiev Patriarchate. None of the canonical local Orthodox Churches, its legitimacy is not recognized. Currently in Ukraine there are several churches of the Orthodox rite is recognized by all local Orthodox churches, the UOC-MP and UOC-Kyivan Patriarchate, the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC), Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church.

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