The house of Romanov hopes for the sincerity of Filaret and the overcoming of the split

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The house of Romanov hopes for the sincerity of the desire of the former Metropolitan of Kiev Philaret to achieve unity of Orthodox believers in Ukraine and calls on all parties to «avoid extremes» and «patience and delicacy», said Tuesday in an interview with RIA Novosti head of the Chancellery of the Russian Imperial House, Alexander Zakatov.

The Council of bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church had previously adopted a resolution outlining the request of the head of the breakaway Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patriarchate (UOC-KP) Filaret on the restoration of the prayerful and Eucharistic communion with the Christians, consisting of the Ukrainian Church split. The Cathedral has considered the letter «a step to overcome the split» in Ukraine and created a special Commission for talks with KP. Later, the PA press conference, Patriarch Filaret said that he appealed to the bishops ‘ Council of the Russian Orthodox Church with the offer of reconciliation is for the establishment of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church and that he will never repent for choosing the path of autocephaly of the UOC.

The Christian approach is a «presumption of sincerity»

Answering the question about how the Russian Imperial House, consider these steps Filaret Denisenko, Alexander Zakatov, said that «the Christian approach to the acts of any person based on the presumption of his sincerity and desire to do good».

«Deep is right that the Council of bishops did not ignore the appeal of the former Metropolitan of Kiev Philaret, and went on the path of dialogue and establishing a Commission to negotiate with those who have fallen away from the UOC-MP. The Commission was headed by permanent member of the Holy Synod, the Chairman of the Department for external Church relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, it includes authoritative hierarchs and clergy. Thus, the attitude to the initiative coming from the head of the uncanonical «Kiev Patriarchate», manifested very serious,» said Sunset.

According to him, «we need to pray for the healing of schism, and hope that the former Metropolitan Philaret wrote his letter not with demagogic and purely political purposes, and really wanting to return to the bosom of the Church and to achieve unity of Orthodox believers in Ukraine.»

«Of course, we should expect that the opponents of the Church world is also manifested great activity. You need to analyze what is happening with wisdom and caution, separating an official statement from the outrageous antics and vicious provocations. On our part, when we defend canonical order and unity of the Church and defend the truth, it is important to avoid extremes. It is unacceptable to seek to humiliate those who are still largely far from us, but at least thinking about the possibility of repair,» — said the Agency interlocutor.

According to the representative of the Romanov dynasty, the aim of Orthodox believers is «not self-centeredness and not in the proud triumph over defeated enemies, and in the maximum assistance the salvation of souls».

«To do everything possible to not alienate these people»

«Great Duchess Maria Vladimirovna, — continued Sunset — draws attention to this phenomenon: at a time when there is some kind of worldly conflict or schism, albeit from different positions, but I understand his reasons and act consciously. But when strife or schism appears the long-term history when they are joined by representatives of the following generations, they often do not remember and do not know «how it all began».

According to Zakatov, these people are «subjectively, to themselves» don’t realize that are involved in the split, but they «live in captivity of myths that have been imposed on them, the founders of the conflict, which then acquired the following myths.»

«These people deserve special sympathy, because they are hostage to the sins of others and delusions. Need with patience and delicacy to do everything possible in order not to alienate these people and explain to them what is wrong of schism, what are its origins, what terrible consequences it leads,» — said the Agency interlocutor.

The head of the House of Romanov, he added, «absolutely sure that the Russian Orthodox Church and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, will be manifested the most friendly, sincere and honest approach to this issue». In the Russian Imperial House also appeal to all seeking to overcome the Ukrainian division «to focus on the position of the Commission headed by Metropolitan Hilarion, to strengthen its credibility in the public mind and to avoid actions and statements that are contrary to the verified area of its activities».

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.

In 1992, Metropolitan Filaret (Denisenko) required for the UOC autocephaly status of the local Church, involving its administrative independence. Without the agreement, he, despite his vow to keep the Church unity in Ukraine, created and legally registered so-called Kiev Patriarchate. In 1997, the ROC Filaret excommunicated from the Church and anathematized.

Full text of the interview with Zakatova visit the website www.ria.ru after 16.00.

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