The Church of Constantinople has the right to send in our independent Church of their legates, and a number of churches considers non-canonical assignment of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of the exarchs in Ukraine. This statement was made by the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Metropolitan Onufry.
“The Patriarchate of Constantinople has sent to Ukraine two of his exarchs. It anticanonical, that is, non-canonical action of the Church of Constantinople. She has no right to send our an independent Church of their legates, and their exarchs. Interference in the Affairs of another Church is anti-Church action, anticanonical action, and that is sin. And sin leads to separation of people. This sin of intervention in the Affairs of our Church, it can create rifts world – the Orthodox Church”, warns Metropolitan Onufry.
Representatives of other churches also opposed. Polish Orthodox Church is called not to hurry with the autocephaly, since it requires the consent of all the local churches. The Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III has supported the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, were urged to stay and help his Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry.
“I would like to appeal to all people, believers of our Orthodox Church. Don’t be afraid, be in his love of God, keep the purity of the Orthodox faith, which is the road that leads to God. Love each other, tolerate each other, help each other. Evil will pass and the good will live forever. If we all suffer, to live in love to all and to each other, there is no evil we won’t win. God is a God of power. And evil has no power. Live with God. And be joyful, happy and blessed,” he addressed the worshippers, Metropolitan Onufry.
The Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Metropolitan Onufry called on all to peace.