Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) has accused the Supreme Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Sviatoslav Shevchuk in aggression concerning the Russian Orthodox Church, attacks on the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the insult of the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Cyril.
Its position Shevchuk expressed in the conversation Austrian Catholic Agency Kathpress, emphasized in the Russian Orthodox Church, reports the news Agency.
"Like most other performances of this Hierarch of the specified interview full of aggression concerning the Russian Orthodox Church, attacks on the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, political assessment of the tragedy occurring AES in Ukraine, insults the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia ", - told in Service of communications of Department of external Church relations (DECR). Such phrases and the Patriarch against the background of attempts at different levels to improve relations between the Orthodox and the Catholics " make sad discord ", believe in the ROC. In the DECR stressed that " this is not the 1st time Archbishop Sviatoslav trying to counter two fraternal peoples - Ukrainian and Russian "." Perhaps the idea of narrow nationalism closer to him than the gospel spirit, " the statement says. The paper also reports that " Uniate Hierarch contrary to the past decades of inter-Church etiquette not allowing this kind of outrageous attack in the media space ". It is said in the conversation "deeply offensive to million of Orthodox believers of different nationalities, are uniting the Russian Orthodox Church and who remember their Patriarch at every service," said the ROC." The hierarchy of the Moscow Patriarchate has always attached great importance to between the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church continued meaningful dialogue that is needed, most importantly, to restore peace in long-suffering Ukrainian land, - is told in circulation.- However, the success is only possible if we stop any rhetoric aimed at inciting interethnic and interreligious hatred." The DECR of the Moscow Patriarchate " expresses the earnest hope that the Patriarch will refuse in the future from this kind of rhetoric ".