The head of the UOC-MP has refused to meet with Exarch

Глава УПЦ МП отказался встречаться с экзархами

The head of UOC-Moscow Patriarchate Onufry took part in the work of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church

Metropolitan Onufry said that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church does not intend to meet with the Exarch of Patriarch Bartholomew.

Arrived in Ukraine the Exarch of Patriarch Bartholomew, who is mandated to pave the way for autocephaly, have divided responsibilities: one will work with the Kyiv Patriarchate and the other with the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. This was announced by the Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine Onufry participants extra of the Synod, which was held on Friday, September 14, in Moscow.

“Both the so-called Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarch arrived in Ukraine. One appointed to lead the negotiation process with the party of the so-called Patriarch Filaret, the other with a side of “Metropolitan” Macarius, the head of the UAOC,” – said the head of the UOC of the Moscow Patriarchate.

In a video appeal posted on the website of the UOC-MP, Metropolitan Onufry also said that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church does not intend to meet with these two representatives of Constantinople.

“We’ve never met and do not intend to meet, because they came here without our blessings. As representatives of the canonical Church in Ukraine, we have to communicate with them will not, but the way things are going, we’ll follow”, he said.

In turn, the Patriarch expressed the hope that the top clergy of the UOC will “continue the only right way to exercise their Ministry in accordance with the canons of the Orthodox Church.”

Recall that Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has appointed two representatives to prepare for the autocephaly of the UOC. In the UOC of the Moscow Patriarchate was called the move a “gross violation”. The Synod of ROC decided to stop participating in the structures under the chairmanship of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

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