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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://risu.org.ua/en/index/all_news/confessional/interchurch_relations/51184/ Rep of UOC-KP: Metropolitan Volodymyr Was Confused By Compilers of His Report
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      Rep of UOC-KP: Metropolitan Volodymyr Was Confused By Compilers of His
      Report For Council of ROC
      5 February 2013

      The spokesman of the Kyivan Patriarchate, Archbishop Yevstratii (Zoria)
      said in a commentary to the Orthodox Reviewer that the address, to which
      Metropolitan Volodymyr referred in his report read out at the Council of
      the Russian Orthodox Church, never existed in the form in which it was
      presented by UOC-Moscow Patriarchate. “Unfortunately, whether
      deliberately or not, the persons who had prepared the report confused
      both the metropolitan and all the readers or listeners of the report,”
      he said.

      According to the archbishop, “the text mixes up two principally
      different events which have some similarities, namely, the address of
      the Holy Synod to the heads of the Local Churches, heads of the Roman
      Catholic Church and Church of England and the address to the head of
      UGCC (Synod Journal 37).”

      Archbishop Yevstratii noted that the manipulation of the texts and
      mixing them up indicate the lack of theological and canonical arguments
      on the part of the Moscow Patriarchate regarding the “shameful practice
      of re-baptizing.”

      The spokesman of the Kyivan Patriarchate explained that “the two
      mentioned addresses are mixed up as one and the same thing. The author
      noticed that there was no responses to the first address even though
      they were not asked for or expected by anyone. And this is interpreted
      by UOC-MP as a support of the shameful practice of “re-baptizing” for
      some reason. At the same time, the response of the Head of UGCC, which
      apparently dissatisfied Moscow, is presented as some exception.”

      So reported the web site of UOC-KP.

      http://risu.org.ua/en/index/all_news/confessional/interchurch_relations/51164/

      UOC-Moscow Patriarchate Accuses Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church of
      Supporting Kyivan Patriarchate
      4 February 2013

      The accusation regarding the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) was
      voiced in the report of the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow
      Patriarchate (UOC-MP), Metropolitan Volodymyr, on the state of the
      UOC-MP and the challenges facing it, which was read out at the
      hierarchical council of the Russian Orthodox Church.

      The head of UOC-MP accused the UGCC of supporting the Ukrainian Orthodox
      Church-Kyivan Patriarchate, of providing spiritual care to the Ukrainian
      diaspora and adding to the interdenominational conflicts in the Bila
      Tserkva and Vinnytsia Eparchies, even though he noted that the relations
      between the Orthodox and Greek Catholics in Ukraine are not very tense.

      Metropolitan Volodymyr referred to the UOC-KP address to the heads of
      the national Orthodox Churches and the Roman Catholic Church, Church of
      England and the UGCC with the request to recognize the validity of the
      sacrament of baptism administered within the schism.

      “No response was received in Kyiv from the head of the Roman Catholic
      Church or the head of the Church of England. Only the head of the
      Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Supreme Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk,
      sent to the so-called UOC-KP an official letter stating the actual
      recognition of the sacrament of baptism in UOC-KP.

      “Therefore, the UGCC has become the only denomination which actually
      supported the Ukrainian schismatics. The UGCC thereby violated the
      principles developed both in the process of the Orthodox-Catholic
      dialogue and the inter-Christian dialogue in general. The participants
      of the dialogue undertake not to establish formal contacts with church
      groups that are not canonically recognized. Therefore, the Orthodox
      Church does not maintain contacts with schismatic groups within the
      Catholic Church and hopes that official representatives of the Catholic
      side will not maintain contacts with groups which are not in communion
      with the world Orthodoxy,” reads the letter of Metropolitan Volodymyr.

      The metropolitan also mentioned conflicts between representatives of the
      Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and communities of the UOC-MP in the
      Bila Tserkva and Vinnytsia Eparchies even though he noted that in
      comparison with 1980s and 1990s, the relations between the two churches
      are better.
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