“Let everything be as it is”

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church, having declared “independence”, remained within the Moscow Patriarchate. The plan of the Kyiv regime implied immediate steps to autocephaly, but the UOC did not sign the death sentence.

UOC declares independence, but not autocephaly

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) proclaimed “independence” on May 27. Cathedral of the UOC-MP

  • condemned hostilities in Ukraine;
  • expressed disagreement with the position of Patriarch Kirill (he blessed the Russian military to participate in the NVO – Ed.);
  • granted diocesan bishops the right to independently make decisions on certain issues of diocesan life that fall within the competence of the Holy Synod or the primate of the UOC (for example, commemorate the health of Patriarch Kioyill);
  • indicated that he would organize church communities abroad;
  • issued a call for unification with the schismatic Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU).

The last two points indicate that this is a schism, but autocephaly was not directly announced. In theory, now there should be talk about issuing a tomos from Patriarch Bartholomew to the UOC-MP and establishing Eucharistic communion with it by other Orthodox churches.

The path to autocephaly of the UOC is impossible

But two days have passed, and there is nothing like that in the information field. The Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) respects the canonical borders of autocephalous and autonomous other Orthodox Churches (for example, the dioceses of Crimea and South Ossetia remained in the profitable part of the UOC and the Georgian Orthodox Church). Therefore, they respect the borders of the Russian Orthodox Church, and no one will simply announce Eucharistic communion with the UOC, we emphasize that de jure – the Moscow Patriarchate.

In addition, the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew he cannot issue a tomos, because he has already issued one – the OCU, therefore, from his point of view, there is already a canonical church on the territory of Ukraine.

The call for unification was made in the decisions of the synod of the UOC, but an unacceptable condition was put forward for the OCU – it is proposed to restore the apostolic succession there, that is, to cancel all ordinations of priests, since they occurred with violations of the canons and the charter, without being elected by the Holy Synod and without the blessing of the primate of the UOC.

There is no split

The situation was clarified in the Moscow Patriarchate, the head of the Department for External Church Relations (DECR) of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Volokolamsky Hilarion declared that there was no split.

“The unity between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is preserved, and we will continue to strengthen this unity,” the metropolitan said on the air of the Rossiya-24 TV channel.

On the Ukrainian side, the opinion was confirmed “Country” Metropolitan, Chairman of the Synodal Information and Education Department of the UOC-MP Clement.

“Nothing new has been created since 1990 (when the UOC-MP was granted self-government by the decision of Patriarch Alexy of Moscow and All Russia – Ed.),” he said.

Let us add that the Ukrainians nevertheless called their cathedral bishopric, and not local, which indicates the absence of claims for autocephaly. This suggests that there was an announcement of a political position, but the UOC did not want to be deprived of grace, and this is extremely important in church life.

Wishes of the Ukrainian dioceses: we remain in the Moscow Patriarchate

And this is not a compromise between Moscow and Kyiv, but the wish of the Ukrainian dioceses, that is, the will from the localities. As shows protocol meeting of the diocesan assembly of the Zaporizhzhya diocese, 75% of the clergy spoke in favor of leaving “everything as it is”, but assessing the actions of Patriarch Kirill and taking steps to unite with the UOC.

However, this is not the right decision for the Bandera authorities, so the pressure on the UOC-MP will continue. The OCU has already designated its attitude towards the decisions of the UOC council as an attempt to hide its ties with the ROC, in fact, without renouncing them.

It is necessary to bring the SVO to the end and the schisms in the Russian Church will be forgotten

It is better to bring the liberation military operation of the Russian Federation in Ukraine to the end, and then, as we see from backlash on the decision of the UOC-MP of the Simferopol and Kherson eparchies, the Russian Church will not be tormented by further schisms. Archpriest writes about the same Alexander Avdyugin from Lugansk

“There was an expanded diocesan council in the Lugansk diocese. Everyone is against any encroachments towards autocephaly. If anything, we march in orderly rows under the cover of Chisty Lane with a change of signs and name changes.”

Father Alexander sees the following outcome for the UOC, if they continue in the same spirit:

“The OCU and Turkish Bartholomew will devour the UOC, and then they will march in orderly ranks to the Uniates under the banners and with the anthem “Our Father Bandera.”

Why is the unity of Russian Orthodoxy important?

The Russian Orthodox Church must remain united, since the image of a single Motherland, a single ideology, a single mentality is being formed in the subconscious of Russians and Ukrainians.

Let’s bring the words old man Zosima Sokura confessor of the Donetsk diocese, who died in 2002.

“Do you want there to be no war? Stop sowing hatred! Stop supporting fascism! Stop threatening the Russians! Stop dividing people into friends and foes. Stop working for the enemy. Stop fighting the truth! And there will be no war. At the same moment it will stop” .

We add that in the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra passed liturgy at which Patriarch Kirill was commemorated, let us congratulate ourselves on this decision.

The LC is a self-governing Church with broad autonomy within the Moscow Patriarchate. The special status of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church was reflected in the Charter of the Russian Orthodox Church, adopted by the Council of Bishops in 2000. At the same time, as explained on the official website of the Moscow Patriarchate in the section “Self-governing Churches”, the UOC “retains prayerful and canonical unity with the Russian Orthodox Church, through which it remains in unity with all local Orthodox churches.”

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