Church the conflict between the head of the DNC Epiphanius and honorable Patriarch Filaret became apparent.
Emeritus Patriarch of the UOC-KP Filaret wants to restore the Ukrainian Church of the Kiev Patriarchate, which at the end of last year went to the newly formed Orthodox Church of Ukraine. The Hierarch invited the bishops of the DNC for a meeting.
The Kyivan Patriarchate is still there – at least, so says the former head of Filaret. He stated this in an interview.
Yesterday in mass-media there were copies of the invitations to the meeting, signed by Filaret made on the forms of the Kyiv Patriarchate, dissolved in December before the unification Council. Such invitations got almost all the bishops of the PCU and some of the posted documents in the social network. Filaret invites Church officials on the so-called brotherly conversation. According to TSN, he gathers bishops to discuss the prospects for recovery of the Kiev Patriarchate, Filaret, who would have preferred to lead himself.
The Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Metropolitan Epiphanius said that it this meeting was not invited. While the Archbishop acknowledged that the conflict with Filaret, who, after the dissolution of the Kyivan Patriarchate is the “honorary Patriarch” exists – since the formation of the Local Church, they have never ruled the service together.
According to Epiphanius, even talking about going back in time is disastrous for the Church, as to lead back to isolation. “To speak about a certain return is inappropriate. We need to talk about our future, about our unity. Because in the future we have much more to do to ensure that this Church was recognized by other local Orthodox churches. If we return to the past is automatically a road to nowhere, a road to isolation, a return to the state in which we were, until October 11, before the relevant decisions on the part of the Patriarchate of Constantinople”, – said the Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine.
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