Russia is fighting in all possible ways with the idea of establishing an independent Church in Ukraine
A member of the Holy and sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Metropolitan of Elpidophor said that Russia is struggling with spiritual, political, economic and military means, with the establishment of an independent Church in Ukraine since the country became independent. He reported about it in interview to the Russian edition of “Orthodoxy and the world”.
“Such refusal to the Moscow Church to call a reality is, in fact, the reason for the split in Ukraine. This is the real cause of the schism in Ukraine. It is not about the behavior of some bishops or perhaps something about the desire of individuals, it is Moscow’s refusal to see and accept reality. Ukraine is an independent and she should not be subordinate, and it cannot be applied in any manner the subordination and dependence of another state,” he said.
Member of the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate explained that the reality is that Moscow is opposed to it in all possible ways and the result is divided by the whole nation and the whole Church suffers. He believes that the Moscow Church should be treated with more love, gratitude and care to the Church.
Metropolitan Elpidophor reminded that the Moscow Church is the daughter of a Ukrainian Church, which, in turn, is a daughter of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. He recalled that to get the local Church of Autocephalous status, there are certain conditions.
So, to become Autocephalous, Church tradition, the Church needs to be in a country that gained independence. You also need to autocephaly has requested and the state, and the local Church.
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As previously reported portal “Know. ua” in Constantinople never recognized the ecclesiastical authority of Moscow over Ukraine. This was stated by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
As the press service of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew stressed that Constantinople was not allowed “to transfer Ukraine to anyone, except the right of ordination of the Metropolitan of Kiev in Moscow on the terms of his election Cathedral in Kiev, the local Council and in strict reference to the Ecumenical Patriarch”.