The UOC spokesperson commented on the appeal of Alexandria and Polish Churches

Deputy Chairman Department for external Church relations of the UOC Archpriest Mykolai Danylevych

The concerns of the primates of the two local Churches evidence: the question ETC is no longer about Moscow, Fanara and Kiev, believes Archpriest Nikolai Danilevich.

Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa Theodore II and the Metropolitan of Warsaw and all Poland Savva upon to decide religious misunderstandings ETC – a signal to all local Churches. Wrote about this on his page in Facebook Deputy Chairman of Department for external Church relations of the UOC Archpriest Nikolai Danilevich.

Commenting on the appeal, the clergyman said: “it’s Nice that you raised your voice two influential Primate, that appeal to all on whom it depends. But it depends now from all the local Churches”.

Father Nicholas said: the primates have concluded that the Church’s misunderstanding in Ukraine are connected with the granting of autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church.

“I would like to emphasize that the primates urge…”to avoid conflict over this issue,” and not as trying to reinterpret some Ukrainian mass media, “to establish peace in Ukraine through autocephaly”,” explains the speaker, and reminds us of the words from a recent interview with the Metropolitan of Boryspil and Brovarsky Anthony Agency “Romfea”: “I don’t know why the Ecumenical Patriarchate decided that the granting of autocephaly will be healed the schism. It is known that before to cure any disease, the physician must make a correct diagnosis. In our case it is a question of the Autocephalous device in the early 90-ies gave rise to a split. And I don’t think it is proper to treat the disease that caused it”.

According to the Deputy head of the DECR of the UOC, “in such texts as the statement of the two primates, not recommendations, are not given any assessment, there is no condemnation or support of either party, and that’s understandable. It only indicates the existence of a problem that needs to be addressed in order to “prevent conflict over this issue.” It is a call to solving the problem. The conflict is brewing, and it should be addressed. It is possible to think that conversion is the response to the call of the Russian Orthodox Church to postpone the discussion on this issue at a pan-Orthodox level.”

“I think that in the near future may appear similar to signals from other local Churches. In fact, according to the Apostle Paul, in the Church as the Body of Christ when one member suffers, all suffer with it members. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of this Body (cf 1 Cor. 12:26)”, – concluded the father of Nicholas.

As reported by PWC, informed the primates of Alexandria and Polish Churches appealed to decide religious misunderstandings related to the granting of autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church.

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