2021-11-22 11:02:00

Problem of church schism in Ukraine may be resolved through dialogue - Patriarch Kirill

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, November 22, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia hopes to overcome the church schism in Ukraine and expects that the problem may be resolved through dialogue.

"Schisms are always, of course, overcome at some point. If there are no doctrinal differences behind these schisms. God forbid that those Orthodox Ukrainians who have separated from the mother church and have gone into schism, God forbid, that their dogmatic theological consciousness is darkened. That's when all hope will be lost," the head of the Russian Orthodox Church said in an interview with Pavel Zarubin, the author of the Moscow. Kremlin. Putin program on the Rossiya 1 (VGTRK) television channel.

"But while this is not yet the case, the hope remains that both by the grace of God and by the efforts of clergy it will be possible both to begin dialogue at some point, and to agree on something," the patriarch said.

In late 2018, Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, with the support of the then Ukrainian authorities, established a new Orthodox Church of Ukraine based on two non-canonical church organizations and against the protests of the Russian Orthodox Church, of which Ukraine is a canonical part.

This led to a break in Eucharistic communion between the Russian Orthodox Church and Constantinople.

Patriarch Kirill, who turned 75 on November 20, also answered a question about the most striking events during his ministry, singling out among them the restoration of unity between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad.

"The brightest moments - they were always the most difficult. This was due to attempts to preserve the unity of the Orthodox Church. It was the restoration after the separation that was caused by the events of the Civil War, which for a long time had separated the Orthodox people of Western Europe from the Russian Orthodox Church, that is, the reunification of our Church with the Western European Exarchate," the patriarch said.