Filaret made the schism

Филарет допустил церковный раскол

Honorary Patriarch assured that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patriarchate is still there.

Emeritus Patriarch of the UOC-KP Filaret made a schism in the Orthodox Church and claims that is empowered to convene the Council. This he said in comments TSN, which was published in the story may 12.

Filaret noted that the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Metropolitan Epiphanius rarely communicates with him. According to him, after the establishment of the PCU such communication took place not more than five times.

“Is this communication? When every day to run the Church. Because there’s no communication. Due to the fact that there is no communication – and it should be – the Church was divided. So now my task as Patriarch, to keep the Kyivan Patriarchate, to save the Ukrainian Church,” he said.

Filaret says that, as the head of the DNC, may convene the Council. He also assured that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patriarchate is still there.

“He (Kiev Patriarchate – ed.) is. It does not need to return. It exists. There is a Patriarch? Since there is the Patriarch, then there is the Patriarchy. Is the Kiev Patriarchate. Because to return the Patriarchate is not necessary. It is and should be. Will the Patriarchy. Moreover, not only will be unrecognized. The time will come when it will be recognized,” said the priest.

To the question whether it allows the division of the DNC, Emeritus Patriarch said, “I Admit. But we will create a unified Church”.

Earlier, the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Metropolitan Epiphanius acknowledged that since the formation of the Local Church there is a conflict with Patriarch Filaret, who wants to recover the UOC-KP.

According to the head of the DNC, the return of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church into the structure of the Kyiv Patriarchate will mean the loss of Thomas and all the achievements of Church of independence.

Recall, 15 December 2018 was held in Kyiv Unification Council, which was created by the local Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

Her head was Metropolitan of Pereyaslav and Belotserkovsky Epiphanius (Dumenko).

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew January 6, 2019 officially handed over the head of the DNC signed the Tomos for the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

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