Meeting of commissioners of the Constantinople Patriarchate in Kiev with the President and Prime Minister of Ukraine informal, said Secretary for inter-Orthodox relations of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Archpriest Igor Yakimchuk.
"Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople has not notified the Metropolitan Patriarchate about the visit of their leaders on the canonical territory of the Russian Orthodox Church, – Yakimchuk said RIA" Novosti "." The words that They represent the Patriarch of Constantinople, are in doubt... If you follow proper Church order, we would have received notification from the Patriarch of Constantinople, that its bishops are going to visit the canonical territory of the Russian Orthodox Church and with someone there to meet. Such notification we, unfortunately, had not received ", – Yakimchuk said.
According to the messenger of the Moscow Patriarchate, once brotherhood (UOC of Canada and USA), arrived in Kiev headed by metropolitans, were in schism. Then the Patriarchate of Constantinople took them into his own composition " in the hope that They will change their divisive ideology and work for the unity of the Church "." Unfortunately, these hopes are not justified, as we observe. On the contrary they maintain the schism in Ukraine... Publicly Patriarch Bartholomew has stated many times about the fact that the only canonical Church in Ukraine is the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, and all the rest are in schism and schismatics should repent and return to the fold of the canonical Church. The actions of these bishops were clearly at odds with the words of their Patriarch", he said. On Tuesday, when the Slavic peoples celebrate the baptism of Russia, Poroshenko visited the Liturgy In the Vladimir Cathedral, the main Church of Kyiv Patriarchate, which served as the head of the UOC-KP, Patriarch Filaret. For its part, the Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine Onufry, the head of the UOC 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 Slavic Orthodox churches. Demonstrated by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko choice in favor of not recognized by the international Orthodox-Kyiv Patriarchate is more important to him in person than to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, said the Deputy Chairman of the Department for external Church relations of the Russian Orthodox Church, Archpriest Nikolay Balashov. On the eve of the feast of the Baptism of Russia, Patriarch Kirill, who condemned the Church schism in Ukraine, appealed To the presidents of Russia and Ukraine with letters, where he tried to convince them "to use all his efforts to stop the bloodshed" and said the parties to the conflict must " scrupulously not to violate the Minsk consensus ". Now in Ukraine there are several churches of the Orthodox rite – recognized by all the local Orthodox churches of the UOC-MP and the UOC-Kyiv Patriarchate, the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC), Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. The UAOC – canonically unrecognized Orthodox Church of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Diaspora in the European Union and America. The Kyivan Patriarchate and the UAOC, with the assistance of the political authorities for more than 2 decades, demand the recognition of their legitimacy.