Ukrainian autocephaly will provoke new divisions, stated in the UOC

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The Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC-MP) Metropolitan Onufriy believes that the granting of the Tomos of autocephaly of the local Church in Ukraine will generate new schisms within Orthodoxy.

The authorities in Kiev and non-canonical Church structure in Ukraine hope till the end of the year to receive the Tomos of autocephaly from Constantinople, but Tomos can get the Primate of the «United» Church, it needs to select on the «unification Council» of the Orthodox churches in Ukraine, which date is not appointed yet. This canonical UOC said that is not going to participate in this event.

«If a Tomos of recognition of the Patriarch of Constantinople Raskolnikov is supplied, it will give rise to new divisions, more extensive and more profound. These splits will affect not only our Ukraine — they will affect the entire global Orthodox Church», — quotes the environment of the word Onuphrius the website of the UOC.

Because of the decision of Constantinople to begin providing non-canonical autocephaly churches in Ukraine, which the Russian Orthodox Church is called the schism, the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church on 15 October announced the severance of communication with the Patriarchate of Constantinople on the canonical territory of the ROC, including Ukraine and Belarus. The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has called canonically void, and saw politics in the abolition of Constantinople by the act of 1686 on the transfer of the Kyiv Metropolitanate to the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate. Metropolitan Hilarion said that Constantinople lost its right to be called the coordinating centre of Orthodoxy. In the Russian Orthodox Church hope that Constantinople will change the decision to give the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church, and before that he will be in schism.