UOC has commented on the refusal of Metropolitan Onufriy from a meeting with the Exarch

© Photo : courtesy of the press service of the Patriarch of Moscow and all Rocketropolis of Kiev and all Ukraine Onufry, archive photoUOC has commented on the refusal of Metropolitan Onufriy from a meeting with the Exarch© Photo : courtesy of the press service of the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia

The refusal of the Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine Onuphrius from the meeting with the Exarch of Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople due to his adherence to Church canons and the intent of the clergy and faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church stand to the end, said Monday, RIA Novosti head of the press service of the UOC-MP Vasily Anisimov.

«The Bishop of Kiev there is one legitimate, recognized by all is his Beatitude, Metropolitan Onufry. According to Church rules, all visitors to another city, the clergy must know his Bishop. Coming here must first get his blessing to work here and then only have to do their work. This was not done. His Beatitude then strictly maintains the canons of the Church. Once appointed exarchs, and he immediately said that they would not meet,» — said Anisimov.

The head of the Synodal Department of the Moscow Patriarchate on relations of the Church with society and mass-media Vladimir Legoyda on Monday wrote in his telegram channel that «as his Beatitude Onufry said during the last extraordinary session of the Synod, he did not meet with the Exarch of Patriarch Bartholomew.» Earlier about same I reported managing the Affairs of the UOC Metropolitan of Boryspil and Brovary Antony. In an interview with Ukrainian edition of «Vesti» he admitted presently there has not been any direct dialogue of the UOC with the Patriarchate of Constantinople, as «grossly violated the principle of the existence of the local Orthodox Church.»

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is trying to achieve recognition of non-canonical religious structures and of establishing a local Autocephalous Church in Ukraine. Earlier, the Patriarchate of Constantinople «in preparation for the granting of autocephaly» was appointed its Exarch in Kyiv. In addition, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has stated that it intends to provide Ukraine Autocephalous. In the UOC called such actions by invading the canonical territory of other local churches.

The Russian Orthodox Church, in turn, went to the actual «break diplomatic relations» with the Patriarchate of Constantinople. The Synod of the Russian Church announced a cease commemoration of Patriarch Bartholomew during the Patriarch’s divine services. In addition, a decision was made to exit from the structures, which is chaired by the representatives of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church with Constantinople was in this crisis only once in all its more than thousand-year history.

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