Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine Onufry refused to meet with the Exarch of the Church of Constantinople, who arrived to Ukraine to pave the way for “autocephaly”, reports Interfax-Religion.
“Those representatives of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, who arrived in Ukraine with a specific task, in our opinion, are here and are anticanonical. So when they asked to be received by the Primate of our Church, his Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry refused to do it,” – said the Manager of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Metropolitan Anthony of Boryspil and Brovary in an interview with Ukrainian edition of “Vesti”.
One of the reasons for the refusal of Metropolitan Onufriy from the meeting with the ambassadors of Constantinople, he said, is that their arrival on the territory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church “should be discussed in advance and they would have to get permission from the Orthodox Church.”
“These bishops came arbitrarily, and not just as pilgrims but with a clear objective – to implement some of their projects. Given all this, we must admit the absence of any direct dialogue with Panaram”, – said the representative of the canonical Church of Ukraine.