The Bishop of Manhattan was supported by the canonical UOC

© Photo : Ukrainian Orthodox Cherkassenko of the diocese of Rivne of the UOC. Archive photoThe Bishop of Manhattan was supported by the canonical UOC© Photo : Ukrainian Orthodox Church

The Russian Orthodox Church abroad (ROCOR) supports the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church and its Primate, Metropolitan Onuphrius, said to RIA Novosti, the vicar of the Eastern American diocese of ROCOR, Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan.

«The Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow and ROCOR support of the Kyiv Metropolitan Onufry and the Ukrainian Church. We must defend the truth, since it is necessary to follow the canons of the Church,» said Nicholas.

He added that the situation in Ukraine could lead to «difficulties with some of our brothers and sisters in other jurisdictions.» Bishop Nicholas also stressed that potential or actual difficulties should not lead to ignoring the truth about what the canonical Church — the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, not the schismatic uncanonical «Kiev Patriarchate».

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. 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 ROC I hope that Constantinople will change the decision to give the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church, and before that he will be in schism.

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