2018-10-31 12:19:00

Supporters of Ukrainian autocephaly will not be able to unite - Ukrainian Orthodox Church

Moscow, October 31, Interfax - Representatives of the non-canonical churches of Ukraine will not be able to unite as Constantinople and the Ukrainian authorities expect them to, Metropolitan Pavel, vicegerent of the Kiev Lavra of the Caves, said.

"They will not unite because Mikhail Antonovich Denisenko [Filaret], a false patriarch, said that the name [of the unified local church] will be what he said, that is, the Kiev Patriarchate, it will have his charter and he will never take off his cowl. He has gone a long way to get it, can he now destroy it?" the metropolitan said in an interview with the television channel Rossiya 24.

Therefore, "no union" of supporters of autocephaly is going to happen, he said. Besides, Constantinople is not hiding that it does not see the leaders of the Ukrainian schism as candidates to play the role of the future "local church," he said.

"I assure you that it's not going to work," the metropolitan said. Moreover, he said he believes supporters of autocephaly "will again sit quiet" if the political elite changes in Ukraine.

Metropolitan Pavel also said the clergy of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church will not join the church that is being.