Mahler: a meeting of three bishops with Poroshenko shows his «support» in the UOC

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Participation in the meeting with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko only three bishops, long known for its «protoceratidae» position, indicates that only a handful of bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is ready to support the establishing of a «single local Church», said RIA Novosti member of the Synodal biblical-theological Commission of the ROC, Chairman of Byzantine club «Katechon» at the Institute of philosophy, RAS Arkady Maler.

Previously press Secretary Poroshenko Svyatoslav Tsigalko reported that the President had a meeting with several representatives of the UOC. According to media reports, in the «Ukrainian house» for the President came only three hierarchs: Metropolitan perejaslav-Khmelnitsky and Vishnevsky Alexander, Metropolitan of Vinnitsa and Barsky Simeon and the Archbishop of Nova Kakhovka and Henichesk Filaret. On Tuesday in Kiev-Pechersk Lavra as the meeting of the Holy Synod, which, as expected, will be attended by the head of state, but he did not come.

«Mentioned in the media hierarchy (to meet Poroshenko) is a well — known Church «separatists», which is very long been a divisive position and would like to secede from the Moscow Patriarchate. Therefore, the fact that these three men met with Poroshenko, there is nothing surprising, – it is surprising that only three. «Autocephalists» propaganda claimed that almost half of the bishops of the UOC is going to go to Constantinople or to declare autocephaly,» said Mahler.

In his opinion, this fact clearly indicates that the canonical Church, «in fact, this process is ready to participate just units.»

Describing the Metropolitan Alexander (drabinko) and Simeon (Ostacolo), the interlocutor of Agency has noticed that they just took a position in support of the autocephaly, but also «fought for the fact that it happened.» For such separatist activities, said the expert, each of them should be defrocked, and the reason why this has not yet happened, is that the higher the hierarchy «shows miracles of mercy.»

According to Mahler, his aggressive anti-Moscow position is especially known society. «Our Patriarchate, sorry, thought that no sanctions (penalties) to organize against the man, and then he will calm down. But no, he’s not calmed down, it will only get worse behave,» — admitted the expert.

He also drew attention to the fact that one of the main and oldest of the ideologists of the «Ukrainian autocephaly», Metropolitan of Cherkasy and Kaniv Sofronii (Dmitruk) with the President of Ukraine is not met.

«Sophronius, in contrast to the three hierarchs, even the old Soviet Hierarch, which was very dangerous for Moscow its status, very influential position in former times, in 1990-e years, but he is still a man who used to play by the rules, and for him there things are absolutely unacceptable,» said Mahler.

As an example, he cited the recent statement of the Metropolitan Sophronios that he basically refuses to enter into the newly created Autocephalous structure, if it will, without repentance, in schism, Filaret Denisenko. Mahler also said that a few weeks ago in the Cherkassy diocese passed a vote among the clergy, to stay in the UOC or to go to the «Autocephalous Church», and the vast majority of the clergy supported the position of the canonical Church.

«As you know, for the Metropolitan sophronia this also means that if he now will go to autocephalists split, the vast majority of his own clergy would not support it… it is very important to still adhered to some semblance of canonicity. This is the reason why it is not met with Petro Poroshenko,» — said the expert.

Arguing about how many bishops of the UOC was able to take part in the so-called unification Council, he expressed the opinion that there will be very few, not more than ten people. «We know people who are faithful to the canonical order, they have long been known, but there are those who cross to the other side where more power, money, influence. Unfortunately, the Church is also a concern,» concluded the Agency interlocutor.

The Council of bishops of the UOC on Tuesday said that the interference of Constantinople in the internal Affairs of another local Church and attempts to resolve the Ukrainian Church question with the participation of public authorities and dissenters are illegal and therefore inadmissible. The Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church said about Eucharistic communion with the Patriarchate of Constantinople due to its actions in Ukraine.

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 only 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.

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. 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.