Metropolitan Hilarion commented on the possible decision on autocephaly for Ukraine

© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva in fotoreceptori Hilarion of Volokolamsk. Archival photoMetropolitan Hilarion commented on the possible decision on autocephaly for Ukraine© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva the image Bank

The head of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion expressed hope that the outcome of the Synod in Constantinople will not be made hasty decisions on the autocephaly for Ukraine.

«At this moment, as far as is known, held a meeting of the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, we do not expect any hasty decisions. I hope that these solutions will not do. Patriarch Bartholomew announced the granting of autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church, but the fact that the Ukrainian Church autocephaly is not asked for,» he told reporters on the sidelines of the sixth Eats of leaders of world and traditional religions, which takes place in the capital of Kazakhstan.

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, though, and promised not to interfere in the Affairs of the Church. 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 and called on Patriarch Bartholomew to stop meddling and «exarchs» of the Patriarchate of Constantinople to leave Kiev.

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.

The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Synod of bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church abroad, the Holy Synod of the UOC has suspended the service with the bishops of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. In the Russian Orthodox Church noted that none of the local churches does not support the project of Ukrainian autocephaly.

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