South Bound Brook, New Jersey, December 9, 2022
Absolutely no one’s religious rights are being violated in Ukraine, for the state is, in fact, purifying and renewing Ukrainian Orthodoxy, one hierarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA of the Patriarchate of Constantinople is sure.
The Ukrainian president and other authorities have “skillfully proved to the society the facts of the abuse of the trust of the people by the UOC MP,” Archbishop Daniel of Pamphilon writes.
Despite a number of bills submitted to the Parliament calling for the entire Ukrainian Orthodox Church to be banned, and despite the searches being continually carried out at UOC monasteries, churches, and dioceses (complete with accusations planted evidence), Abp. Daniel is certain that Ukrainian Orthodoxy isn’t being restricted, but “is PURIFIED and RENEWED!”
Recall that Abp. Daniel was one of the two exarchs that Constantinople sent into Ukraine in the fall of 2018 to prepare the scandalous “unification council” that created the schismatic “Orthodox Church of Ukraine” in December of that year.
His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine called the sending of exarchs into Ukraine an “anti-canonical” act. “It has neither the moral nor canonical right to interfere in Ukrainian affairs,” the Ukrainian primate said.
Read Abp. Daniel’s full statement below:
In Ukraine today, the ECCLESIASTICAL JUSTICE has been restored: due to the provision of the TOMOS on Autocephaly (granted by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople), the people of Ukraine are cared for by the Orthodox Church of Ukraine - the head of which is His Beatitude Metropolitan Epiphany!
In recent days, many friends have been asking about the fact that the Orthodox Church is being "closed" in Ukraine... Too many politicians and commentators in the USA completely do not understand the church reality in Ukraine...
The church structure - more precisely, the spiritual leaders of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (part of the Russian Orthodox Church), in recent days have been making Ukrainian and world society aware of their identification with the RUSSIAN WORLD (RUSKIY MIR) - that is, the ideology of the Moscow Patriarchate, in many cases engaging in demagoguery and supporting separatism in Ukraine…
The President of Ukraine and the authorities of the state skillfully proved to the society the facts of the abuse of the trust of the people by the UOC MP...
ABSOLUTELY NO RIGHTS OF RELIGIOUS PEOPLE ARE VIOLATED IN UKRAINE... but if clergymen (especially hierarchs) are engaged in political propaganda for the benefit of the Russian AGGRESSOR - then, as in any other society of the civilized world, we should expect a thorough review of the activities of the church structure...
I completely share the opinion and approach of the government of Ukraine - if BETRAYAL of the national and spiritual interests of the state is proven by practical actions - then measures should be taken to limit the activities of the "church", which manipulates the consciousness of believers - THE PEOPLE OF UKRAINE!!!
Ukrainian Orthodoxy is not being restricted - it is PURIFIED and RENEWED!
The doors of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine are opened to the people of Ukraine!!!