17883Head of UAOC Comments on Transfer of Two Bishops to UOC-KP
- May 11, 2013http://risu.org.ua/en/index/all_news/confessional/orthodox_relations/52229/
Head of UAOC Comments on Transfer of Two Bishops to UOC-KP
7 May 2013
Metropolitan Mefodii (Kudriakov) of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox
Church does not view the transfer of Bishops Ioan (Shvets) and Adrian
(Kulyk) to the Kyivan Patriarchate as a tragedy. The church simply got
rid of a ballast, the Primate said in an interview to Channel 5.
In particular, the metropolitan reminded that Bishop Ioan of the
Lviv-Sambir Eparchy of UAOC once was part of the Kyivan Patriarchate and
when he expressed a wish to transfer to UAOC, they even doubted if it
was worth while admitting him.
“We admitted him, sent him to the Lviv Eparchy and gave him great
opportunities. However, during his two years of service, he was not able
to establish a single parish. He did not have anything there. He came to
us without anything and left with God without anything. I can tell
frankly, he did not transfer anyone. For he did not have anything,” he said.
“We say when we admit anyone, and during church life we say: 'If you do
not like it, leave with God!' Who needs ballast? Better to have five
worthy persons than five hundred who are not sure what they want… The
main thing for us is to preserve the ideology of UAOC. For it is the
heart of independent Ukraine,” stressed the hierarch.
As he commented on the situation in the Khmelnytsk Eprachy, the Primate
said that Bishop Adrian had only a few parishes and, therefore, his
transfer will not affect UAOC.