The Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill
In Europe today we are faced with open persecution of the canonical Orthodox Church, said the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church.
On 31 January, the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill discussed the religious situation in Ukraine, the delegations of local Orthodox Churches who arrived in Moscow for the celebrations on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of his enthronement, and told them about what is happening on Ukrainian soil “canonical confusion.”
“The false Patriarch Filaret, the title “Patriarch of Kyiv and all Rus-Ukraine” and the same title favourites Epiphany Dumenko, who calls himself “Metropolitan of Kyiv and all Rus-Ukraine”. Two “hierarchies” claim to the same title and belong to the same quote unquote “Church.” This is nonsense. But this nonsense authorized, including the authority of the Patriarchate of Constantinople,” gave the words of the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church the official website of the Moscow Patriarchate on his YouTube channel.
His Holiness noted that the actions of Patriarch Bartholomew violate the principle of equality of all Orthodox Churches, is more similar to the embodiment of the concept of “first among unequals”.
Patriarch Kirill spoke about the actions of the Ukrainian state authorities, when the canonical Church is not only put in place the schismatics, but also punished her clergy and laity.
“In Europe today we are faced with open persecution of the canonical Orthodox Church,” he shared with representatives of the local Churches.
The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church emphasized that Orthodox Churches around the world are one family, where it is possible to make the Holy Eucharist and work together to meet the challenges of modern society.
“I believe that the Body of Christ’s Church will remain United,” concluded Patriarch Kirill.
30 December 2018, the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, wrote to Patriarch Bartholomew’s letter, which urged the head of the Church of Constantinople otsypatsya from communion with schismatics.
5 January 2019 Patriarch Bartholomew still handed the DNC the Tomos of autocephaly. According to experts, that he gave carte Blanche to the pursuers of the canonical Church.