The first Hierarch of ROCOR, Metropolitan of Eastern America and new York Hilarion (Kapral)
To remedy the situation is possible if Constantinople will cancel all your previous decisions and actions in relation to the Ukrainian Church, said Metropolitan Hilarion.
17 December 2018, the Primate of ROCOR, Metropolitan of Eastern America and new York Hilarion (Kapral) stated that the decision of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, with the active participation of the government of Ukraine to grant autocephaly ptsu could provoke bloodshed and violence.
“His actions only exacerbates the situation of discord among the faithful in Ukraine,” – commented the Ukrainian religious situation, Metropolitan Hilarion, in an interview with “TASS”.
His Eminence fears that violent acts by the authorities of Ukraine can lead to martyrdom among the laity of the UOC.
“This situation is very bad. We pray that the Lord will give peace to the Ukraine, to the people and to the Orthodox Christians stood true Church of Christ and could not be artificially created Church institutions”, – said the Hierarch of the ROCOR.
According to the Primate of ROCOR, to rectify the situation and to restore unity in the Church and among the parishioners can, if Constantinople will cancel all your previous decisions and actions in relation to the Ukrainian Church.
“The great merit in this contention belongs to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew – he should realize his mistake,” – said Metropolitan Hilarion.
Archbishop Hilarion blessed the faithful of ROCOR Eucharistic communion with the members of the ptsu.
“Concelebration impossible, believers should not go to these temples, if they consider themselves Orthodox Christians, he said. – The canonical Church – the Ukrainian Orthodox Church headed by Metropolitan Onufry and his Synod”.
Metropolitan Hilarion recalled that ROCOR also does not communicate with the Patriarchate of Constantinople until he corrects his biggest mistake.
8 December 2018 Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church outside of Russia expressed full support for his Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry and the clergy and flock of the UOC.