© RIA Novosti / Alexei Formaterat in photomontagist Cathedral in Kiev. Archival photo© RIA Novosti / Alexei Formaterat the image Bank
The granting of autocephaly of the non-canonical communities in Ukraine from the point of view of Church law is absurd and a «path to nowhere», said in an interview with RIA Novosti Chairman of the Department for external Church relations of Moscow Patriarchate (DECR) Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.
«The question of Ukrainian autocephaly are now very politicized: to this Church the life of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, he has little relationship,» he said.
He drew attention to the fact that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) and so independent in their government. Her rights are broader than rights of certain Autocephalous (independent) churches in the understanding of the Church, which granted them autocephaly. Ukrainian Church, said the head of the Department, selects its own Primate and all bishops, self-glorifying of the saints, opens the new diocese, establishes holidays, it is fully independent from Moscow in all matters of organization of its internal life, including financial and economic.
«The hierarchs of the Ukrainian Church affect the whole of the Moscow Patriarchate, since participate in the work of its governing bodies. Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine Onufry – permanent member of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, and his voice in the Synod is very powerful. Many Ukrainian bishops are in our Synodal commissions, but none of the bishops of Russian dioceses are not present in the management bodies of the Ukrainian Church,» — said the Agency interlocutor.
The canonical Church of Ukraine, he continued, with autocephaly to Constantinople is not addressed. A Tomos (decree) of the autocephaly can only be granted to specific canonical Primate of the Church, already existing on its territory. «To grant autocephaly to a nameless conglomerate of non-canonical communities of Ukraine with canonically invalid hierarchy is from the point of view of Church law is absurd, the road to nowhere» — said the Agency interlocutor.
According to Metropolitan Hilarion, none of the local churches expressed support for the initiative on the Ukrainian autocephaly, «the vast majority of directly opposed».