The Russian Orthodox Church called the Cathedral of autocephaly for Ukraine futile

© RIA Novosti / Tabyldy Kadyrbekovna of Christ the Savior. Archival photo<img src="/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2018/09/63b1f6ee9fa1a23a9e8207effa81d518.jpg" alt="The Russian Orthodox Church called the Cathedral of autocephaly for Ukraine futile” />© RIA Novosti / Tabyldy Kadyrbekov

The Moscow Patriarchate does not see prospects for the so-called Cathedral of autocephaly for Ukraine and believe that it can only further divide the Ukrainian society.

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is trying to achieve recognition of non-canonical religious structures and creation on their basis one local Autocephalous Church in Ukraine, outside the framework of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The Patriarchate of Constantinople had previously reported that «in preparation for the granting of autocephaly» was appointed its Exarch in Kyiv. This decision strongly condemned the Moscow Patriarchate, calling it an intrusion on the canonical territory of other local churches.

«Both of them (appointed Patriarch of Constantinople by the Exarch – ed.) of Ukrainian origin, and they really instructed to hold the so-called Founding of the Cathedral. Only it is unclear on what basis they will establish a unified local Church because of the canonical Ukrainian Church is not asking about autocephaly, the Church people will not accept it… Two schismatic structures still together can not unite,» — said the head of the Department for external Church relations of the ROC Metropolitan Hilarion, the TV channel «Russia 24».

According to him, the false Patriarch Filaret will insist on the Cathedral that the Patriarch and «must be the Patriarch.» «It is assumed that the unification Council would put forward an alternative figure, supposedly able to unite all Orthodox Ukrainians. But there is such a figure, that is, it is, but there is in the canonical Church is his Beatitude, Metropolitan Onufry,» — said the head of the DECR.

At the same time, Metropolitan Onufry, he continued, «clearly said along with the bishops of his Church, that the establishment of one national Church by merger of the canonical Church and the schismatics not possible.» «And the way in which it is now proposed, is, in fact, a robbery that is done by the hands of Constantinople on the territory of another local Church, in this case Ukrainian,» — said Metropolitan Hilarion.

He stressed that Patriarch Bartholomew ignored the opinion of all the local Orthodox churches, since «this view was expressed quite clearly».

«In particular, the Serbian Patriarch wrote a very sharp letter to Patriarch Bartholomew, it was leaked to the media… the Most important thing is the conflict that is happening now is that Constantinople has invaded the canonical territory of the Russian Church, that is our flock is trying to capture,» concluded the head of the DECR.