The fact that the authorities of Ukraine on the day of the 1,000 th anniversary of memory of Prince Vladimir chose to attend Church schismatic Kyiv Patriarchate and not come to the Liturgy in the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra the UOC of the Moscow Patriarchate, is not surprising and indicates the gap with their own people. This opinion was expressed Last news clergymen of the Russian Orthodox Church that used to serve in Ukraine.
the head of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko with his wife on Tuesday visited the Liturgy in the Vladimir Cathedral, the main Church of Kyiv Patriarchate (not recognized in the Orthodox world), which served as the head of the UOC-KP, Patriarch Filaret. Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine Onufry, the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, on this day, led the service in the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra with the participation of commissioners Bulgarian, Polish, Romanian and other local churches. Authorized Ukrainian authorities to this worship was not.
According to ex-Secretary of the Odessa diocese of the UOC-MP, now rector of the Church of the Holy Trinity on the Sparrow hills Archpriest Andrei Novikov, the Kiev authorities have repeatedly called for service in the churches of the Kyivan Patriarchate or the Greek Catholic Church.
"The fact that They did not come (in the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra - ed.), - their testimony about their gap with their own people. They are not Living in Ukraine people and external forces currently in control of the Ukrainian government ", - said the priest.
at the same time, he clarified that the Orthodox Church does not seek the presence of the authorities." The principled position of the ROC and the UOC is that the Church cannot maintain the current desires of any political force. The Church has eternal installation, against which she looks at what is happening in society, " - said the head of the Department.
Assessing the presence Poroshenko at the service of the head of Filaret, Archpriest Andrey Novikov also expressed the view that the President is some kind of "positive response" Patriarch " Filaret ", for example, first visited the USA and discuss with them the issues of supply of weapons to Ukraine.
"Unfortunately, the chosen war. But we pray for a just world in which all citizens can realize their dreams, hopes