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Metropolitan Hilarion: Constantinople builds church with clay feet
The church structure which Patriarch Bartholomew is trying to build in Ukraine will be very unstable, the head of the Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations says.
In his opinion, autocephaly should stay on a solid basis which includes pan-Orthodox consent, according to the Interfax news agency. "The unanimity of the bishops, the clergy and church people of a particular country around this topic" are also necessary.
The representative of the Russian Orthodox Church recalls that there is not a unanimity on this issue. There is a deep split which can not be reduced by legitimization. Therefore, the so-called autocephalous church of Ukraine will have a feet of clay. Even if Constantinople gives a tomos backed up by an order of the Ukrainian president and a decree of the Verkhovna Rada.
Jesus Christ' s words may illustrate the future of such an unstable church: “The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew and it fell — and great was its fall".
The priest noted that to date several Orthodox churches have already called on Patriarch Bartholomew to stop interfering in the affairs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Some churches still prefer to wait. The others are convinced that this question applies only to Constantinople and Moscow and can be resolved in a bilateral dialogue.
Nevertheless, there is no such dialogue, but instead one can hear only the monologue of one side - Constantinople.