In this interview with the program “Morning With Inter,” His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry speaks about his position on the latest Church events connected with the actions of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in regard to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The Ukrainian primate calls on the people of Ukraine to fear nothing, to preserve the purity of the Orthodox faith, and to live with God.
The Ecumenical Patriarchate has neither the moral nor canonical right to interfere in Ukrainian affairs and send his exarchs there, His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine commented in an exclusive interview posted on the site of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church this morning.
The 7th of September will go down in history as a lamentable date. On this day, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew proclaimed and signaled a schism in Universal Orthodoxy, along the liberal and conservative lines. And he is officially headed in a liberal direction.
U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Samuel D. Brownback has met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, pledging America’s continued support for the struggle for an autocephalous Church that was launched by Ukrainian politicians and schismatics.
“What is happening now is a monologue of the Constantinople Patriarchate, and the Russian Orthodox Church’s efforts to prevent what may turn out to be irreparable are to no avail so far,” Vladimir Legoida, the head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Synodal Department for Relations with Society and Media, said in an interview with the Rossiya-1 television channel today.
The 1030th anniversary celebration of the Baptism of Rus’ revealed new tendencies in the church life of Ukraine, made manifest in the hidden attitudes of society towards the church. What were the spiritual results of this anniversary? Has the danger of the non-canonical legalization of the schism ceased? What is the spiritual status of the Ukrainian flock? When will peace finally come to Ukraine?
For days now, he has been referred to as an enemy of the state, as anti-Serbian, from much of the Belgrade media and from the highest representatives of Srpska Lista (the Serbian List) – the largest political party of Kosovo Serbs – just like in the years leading up to the war in Kosovo and the bombing of Yugoslavia when Milošević and his party had the same words for Fr. Sava.
The group was created to jointly protect the interests of Orthodox communities from various countries both in the sphere of the rights of religious organizations and believers, and to present a common agenda for Christians on various humanitarian issues.
All of us in Kosovo and Metohija remain concerned by the growing criminalization of the political life, which is dominated by tribal clans behind the names of political parties and where interests of individuals are placed above the interest of citizens.
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church is now also reporting that public officials from throughout Ukraine are using resources to promote the procession of the so-called “Kiev Patriarchate” (KP) while at the same time blocking means for canonical believers to get to Kiev for the momentous celebrations.
His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine, the primate of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, held a pastoral meeting over the weekend, visiting children who had lost their parents in the ongoing military conflict in Donbass.
Prayers are being requested by the Khust Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church for a greatly loved and elderly priest, serving in the southwestern Ukrainian village of Chernotisov, who had to be taken to the hospital recently after suffering a beating at the hands of unknown assailants.
The All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations (AUCCRO) has sided with a priest of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church who declined to serve a funeral for a child who had been baptized by the schismatic “Kiev Patriarchate.”