Reasons to grant autocephaly to Ukraine, said Metropolitan Hilarion

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in fotoreceptori Hilarion (Alfeyev). Archival photoReasons to grant autocephaly to Ukraine, said Metropolitan Hilarion© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator the image Bank

The head of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk said that there is no reason for someone in Ukraine to grant autocephaly, it is the desire of the civil authorities.

Commenting on the issue to journalists, he noted that «even those of the schismatic groups which can be the basis of a new Autocephalous Church not yet joined together, and they have not expressed any clear understanding of what should be the autocephaly».

«For example, Raskolnikov, the leader Filaret Denisenko, it is three weeks left for the USA and did not accept those of the exarchs of Constantinople. This suggests that the soil in order for someone to grant autocephaly, today in the Ukraine. This very desire of the Ukrainian civil authorities, but autocephaly is the purely ecclesiastical term», — he said to journalists on the sidelines of the sixth Eats of leaders of world and traditional religions, which takes place in the capital of Kazakhstan.

He noted that «autocephaly is never granted to civil authorities.»

«Ukraine as a state has long been Autocephalous, is an independent state, but the status of the Church must define the Church, and today the majority of Orthodox believers of Ukraine belonging to Ukrainian Orthodox Church, do not want any of autocephaly, not asking about autocephaly and will not accept it,» he said.

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.

Reasons to grant autocephaly to Ukraine, said Metropolitan Hilarion© RIA Novosti / Vitaly Policypro Autocephalous