2017-12-01 19:00:00

Autocephaly is goal of Kiev Patriarchate - Filaret

Kiev, December 1, Interfax - Kiev Patriarchate is ready to engage in dialogue with the Russian Orthodox Church on its autocephaly, but will resolve this issue with Constantinople if Moscow refuses, Patriarch Filaret Denisenko of the Kiev Patriarchate said.

"We did not initiate this dialogue [with the Russian Orthodox Church]. Moscow initiated it. And we are in dialogue on autocephaly with the Eucumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. Because they [Moscow] offered us reconciliation and paths to reconciliation, we took that step [of writing the letter]," he told a press conference in Kyiv on Friday.

The head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate said he believes the story with the letter will not complicate negotiations between the Kiev Patriarchate and Constantinople.

The Constantinople patriarch claims that Ukraine is a canonical territory of Constantinople, he said.

"If Moscow does not want to conduct negotiations with us on an autocephalous church, we will have negotiations with the Patriarchate of Constantinople on that autocephaly. Autocephaly is our goal," Filaret said.