In ROCOR called an attempt to create autocephaly in Ukraine is an attack on Christianity

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in photobacteria of ROCOR, Metropolitan of Eastern America and new York Hilarion. Archival photoIn ROCOR called an attempt to create autocephaly in Ukraine is an attack on Christianity© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator the image Bank

Attempt to create autocephaly in Ukraine is an attack on Christianity, said in an interview with RIA Novosti, the first Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church abroad (ROCOR), Metropolitan Hilarion.

«This is a political attack of the enemy of our salvation to the unity of the Orthodox people of the same origin — Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, which has always United the Church. Political forces in this world want to divide the country and weaken primarily the Russian Orthodox Church. This is due to solely political reasons, not spiritual» — he said.

The Metropolitan also added that the Ukrainian Church is fairly Autonomous, «almost as autocephaly». «Only splinter groups that are influenced by political forces within the country and abroad, please <…> forced autocephaly, which was not accepted by the canonical churches,» he said.

In addition, the Primate expressed hope that Constantinople will still refrain from making illegal decisions.

Attempt to create autocephaly

In Ukraine today there are canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC-MP), which is a self-governing Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, and unrecognized by the world Orthodox Church structures — the «Kiev Patriarchate» (UOC-KP) and Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC).

Petro Poroshenko is trying to achieve recognition of non-canonical religious structures and creation on their basis one local Autocephalous Church, outside the framework of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Autocephaly is the status of the local Church, involving its administrative independence from other churches.

The Patriarchate of Constantinople «in preparation for the granting of autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine» was appointed Exarch in Kyiv Archbishop Pamphylian Daniel from the USA and Bishop Hilarion of Edmonton Canada.

Of the Russian Orthodox Church condemned it and expressed Constantinople a protest. It is noted that the appointment of the Exarch to Ukraine is a gross violation of Church canons, according to which the bishops of one Autocephalous Church cannot interfere in the Affairs of another.

The Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church at an emergency meeting decided to cease commemoration of the Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople in its services. In fact, it means the severance of diplomatic relations.

The ROC also called on the primates of other local churches to start Church pan-Orthodox discussion of the situation in Ukraine. Only the world’s 15 Orthodox churches.

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