Date: 9 months ago   Category: Religion

Metropolitan Illarion: legitimization of split is necessary to Kiev for a rating raising - RIA Novosti, 9/3/2018

MOSCOW, 3 Sep – RIA Novosti. An initiator of "the Ukrainian autocephaly" are the authorities in power seeking to raise the rating on the eve of the presidential elections, the chairman of the department of external church relations (DECR) of the Moscow patriarchy Metropolitan of Volokolamsk Illarion has said. "There is no real progress, the economic situation a difficult, political situation extremely unstable, discontent of the people grows, and some resounding success is necessary", – the metropolitan Illarion on air of the Church and World program on Russia-24 TV channel has told. © RIA Novosti / Grigory Kostin Pereyti in an image bank the Representative of the Jerusalem church considers a problem of Ukrainian Orthodox Church of a politicheskoyglav of OVTsS called pointless the allowed possibility of granting the Ukrainian church to autocephaly as the initial Ukrainian Orthodox Church about it didn't ask, and talent of autocephaly to the raskolnichy groups acting under the slogan "to the independent state — independent Church", means split legitimization. The metropolitan Illarion has also emphasized a solidary position of local orthodox churches concerning hopelessness of the raskolnichy project in Ukraine. The president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko tries to achieve recognition of uncanonical religious structures and creation on their basis of uniform local autocephalous church in Ukraine, outside Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Earlier he has said that the power won't interfere with internal church affairs, but at the same time again has told about need of autocephaly for Ukraine. The episcopate of Ukrainian Orthodox Church has answered it that it there is a speech about attempts of external forces to turn church into a component of geopolitics, ideology and state security though it contradicts calling of church. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church is convinced that the church shouldn't be the tool in hands of the state or political ideology from where it proceeded. Bishops believe that attempts to change the status of church in Ukraine will deepen split in Orthodoxy and society and will lead to restriction of her rights and freedoms.



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