Patriarch Filaret Does Not Hold Any Grudges Against Current UOC-MP Head
14 June 2013
The head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patriarchate (UOC-KP)
has repeatedly spoken critically of the Russian Orthodox Church and the
Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate, but he does not say
anything offensive about Metropolitan Volodymyr (Slobodan), Primate of
“A long time ago I removed from my heart the grudges I had against His
Beatitude Volodymyr. When we meet, we feel fine. I do at least. We
haven’t had a chance to sit together for tea because he is forbidden
from meeting with me. But I would like to,” Patriarch Filaret said in an
interview to RISU.
“At other times, of course, it was different. Once upon a time it was
difficult to forgive. Now it is easier. With age, it is always easier to
do. One understands that unless one forgives, one will not enter the
kingdom of heaven. As Christ said, if you do not forgive others their
sins, your Father will not forgive your sins,” notes the UOC-KP hierarch.
Please note that the UOC-MP recently celebrated the 21st anniversary of
the Kharkiv Council, which was Metropolitan Filaret (Denysenko) was
removed from the position of the Primate, and Metropolitan Volodymyr
(Slobodan) was elected in his place.