Moscow, July 18, Interfax - A Russian Orthodox Church official has denied the claims of some prominent clergymen and bloggers that the church does not recognize the "Yekaterinburg remains" as those of the imperial family because Patriarch Kirill is concerned doing so could cause a schism.
"This viewpoint is one-sided and biased. The only concern that exists is the concern about making a mistake," Vladimir Legoyda, who is in charge of the church's media relations, told reporters in Moscow.
He said it is not quite clear to him "why the wish of the Church to establish the truth is taken as unwillingness to recognize the remains."
Legoyda also said the Orthodox Church is a collegiate organization and that decisions, especially on important issues such as the authenticity of the remains of the imperial family, are made collectively, not by the patriarch alone.