Moscow, December 1, Interfax - Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk has spoken in detail about how Metropolitan Filaret's letter reached the Bishops' Council.
"That letter was brought to Moscow by messengers. I met with them, and because it was addressed not only to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, but to all bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church, it was naturally read at the Bishops' Council," he said at a press conference in Moscow on Friday.
"It was not our initiative, despite the allegations that are being made now, it was the initiative of the author of the letter," the metropolitan said.
"The decision made by the Bishops' Council last night was a reaction to that letter," he said.
The metropolitan denied the statement made by Yevstraty Zorya, spokesman for the "Kiev Patriarchate", on Thursday evening that the letter written by Filaret Denisenko to Patriarch Kirill was written on the initiative of the Moscow Patriarchate "to be grounds at the Council to restore the possibility of prayer unity."