Patriarch Alexis Concerned About Ukrainian Orthodox Flock's Plight
- 2004.12.30 RIAN:
2004-12-30 17:05 * RUSSIA * CHURCH * PATRIARCH * UKRAINE *
PATRIARCH ALEXIS CONCERNED ABOUT UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX FLOCK'S PLIGHT
MOSCOW, December 30 (RIA Novosti) - Alexis II the Patriarch of Moscow and
All Russia-Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church-is badly alarmed by the
situation of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the Moscow Patriarchate.
"We have closely monitored Ukrainian elections. We welcome whatever
choice the nation has made. Yet the situation of the canonical Ukrainian
Orthodox Church alarms us as the Moscow Patriarchate is linked to it in
common prayer, and upholds unity with it," the Patriarch said to newsmen in
"I wouldn't like to see the Ukrainian Orthodox Church facing problems if
local supporters of schismatic sects recur to coercion as they have been doing.
"With due consideration for the nation's choice of President, one ought
also to hold in respect the flock's choice of ecclesiastical jurisdiction-I
mean the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the Moscow Patriarchate. I hope
Ukraine's new President will be wise enough to take the road of unity not
"We greet whatever choice made by the people."
The Patriarch wished the president elect "to have his rule bringing
reconciliation to the Ukrainian nation, which has presently fallen into
West and South. The split that has been ought to be stopped, and new splits
are not to find whatever encouragement. The weal and the future of any
country depends on public consolidation," stressed Patriarch Alexis with
reference to Viktor Yushchenko, who scored 51.99 per cent of votes in a
presidential runoff, which repeated last Sunday, December 26, according to
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the Moscow Patriarchate possesses 35
dioceses with more than 9,000 parishes, say the latest statistics of the
Moscow Patriarchate Department of External Church Relations.
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