At the Council there was an atmosphere of healthy debate, – the head of the DECR of the UOC

The head of the DECR of the UOC Metropolitan of Luhansk and Alchevsk Mitrophan

Despite the difference of opinion, the unity of the bishops at the meeting of the Cathedral in the Lavra, it was evident, curled Metropolitan Mitrofan.

The atmosphere in the Cathedral was a healthy discussion was free, open, and sometimes even sharp. On 14 November, said in an interview with the educational Department of the UOC, the head of the DECR of the UOC Metropolitan Mitrofan of Lugansk and Alchevsk.

Vladyka Mytrofan also commented on the words of Metropolitan Sophronius that the bishops who participated in the Cathedral, allegedly, sat quietly and was afraid to say a word.

“Saying this, the Archbishop Sofroniy disingenuous, – said the Hierarch. – No one no one interfered and refused the desire to Express their point of view. It is no secret that Metropolitan Sofrony has its own position, which he repeatedly voiced. No one was killed, is forbidden to speak, as all the other members of the Council. And says the Lord Sofrony all that he thinks, with his usual emotion. I stated my opinion and Metropolitan Symeon of Vinnytsia and bar, which also has its point of view on everything”.

Bishop Mitrophan stressed that the discussion was open enough, the result was signed by almost all (except one) bishops resolution of the Council.

“On holding of this Council, the bishops spoke among themselves for quite some time, given the events that are happening in our state, in our society and in our Church. The Cathedral formed the opinion of our bishops is very important, and we hope that it will be considered”, – said the Hierarch of the UOC.

Also Bishop Mitrofan said that, according to the Statute of the UOC, the convening of the Council initiates Primate and the Holy Synod made the decision.

“It is quite logical that we have used the case that almost all the bishops were in Kiev and conducted the Cathedral, the convening of which was discussed, as I have said for a long time. We have the right to convene and emergency Cathedrals, and pre-planned Churches. There is nothing surprising, nothing that is beyond any limits of the Church tradition and of the Charter of our Church,” – said the head of the DECR of the UOC.

As reported by the SPM, the Council of hierarchs of the UOC, which took place on 13 August in Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, made a statement regarding the meeting with Petro Poroshenko: the bishops of the UOC confirmed readiness to meet with the President of Ukraine, but on the Church grounds. The President did not appear.

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