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In the broadcast of “the Church and the world” Chairman of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion gave an assessment of the recent Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.
“I would say that these solutions are not historical, and the robber — said the Archpastor. In this case we are talking about the wrong decision that will have far-reaching negative consequences. These decisions can not accept, think that do not agree with them and many Local Orthodox Churches”.
Metropolitan Hilarion expressed his deep regret that the Ecumenical Patriarchate did not listen neither to the voice of the Patriarch of Moscow nor the votes of a number of local Orthodox Churches, who spoke about what the theme of the Ukrainian Church must be submitted to the pan-Orthodox discussion.
“Constantinople ignored all these voices claiming the right to unilaterally decide such issues, — stated the Chairman of the DECR. Was taken several unprecedented in its audacity solutions. In particular, they abolished the act of 1686, by which the Kievan Metropolitanate transferred to Moscow Patriarchate. They also canceled anathema by the Russian Orthodox Church made the leader of the Ukrainian schism of Filaret Denisenko”.
Answering the question, what force will have a document adopted by the Patriarchate of Constantinople unilaterally, in which there is no signature of the Patriarch of Moscow and the hierarchs of other local Orthodox Churches, Metropolitan Hilarion said: “This document is intended generally not to the local Churches — it is for the head of the Ukrainian state Poroshenko, who is the customer of this document”.
He reminded the audience that the Tomos of autocephaly, promised the President of Ukraine Poroshenko, would be issued to the head of the Church, which is Autocephalous requests. “But today the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church not asked for autocephaly, autocephaly does not want and will not accept autocephaly — continued Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk. Those that would like to recognize the autocephaly, is the two splinter groups. But, first, these groups are still not United even among themselves, and secondly, the status that they provide to Constantinople, surely they are not satisfied. Because now Filaret Denysenko said, I was Patriarch, I am the Patriarch and I am the Patriarch, and from the point of view of Constantinople it is not clear what advantage they rebuilt it”.