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Russian Orthodox Church: Ukraine’s attempt to set up Autocephalous Orthodox Church is doomed

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Russian Orthodox Church: Ukraine’s attempt to set up Autocephalous Orthodox Church is doomed


20.04.2018

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Another attempt of official Kiev to establish Autocephalous Orthodox Church as well as all previous attempts would be futile, according to Metropolitan Hilarion heading the Department of External Church Relations of Moscow Patriarchate. He has reminded that Russian and Ukrainian Orthodox Churches are homogeneous, IA Interfax reports.

He is sure that neither Patriarchy of Constantinople nor any other Church cannot declare Autocephalous Church unilaterally. There is only a canonical solution to this problem.

The Ukrainian Parliament supported request of Petro Poroshenko to Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople about declaration of the local Orthodox church in the country.

Metropolitan Hilarion has added that Patriarch has many times claimed that the only canonical head of the Orthodox Church at Ukraine is Metropolitan Onuphry who is the senior priest of Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate. He has mentioned that Canonic Ukrainian Orthodox Church is not going to break off relations with Russian Orthodox Church.

Russian Orthodox Church’s representative has also pointed out that establishing the Autocephalous Church cannot be initiated by the worldly power, because the church in the modern world is separated from the state and the state must not manipulate the church for the sake of the political benefits.

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