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The metropolitan of Cherkasy and Kaniv Theodosius: The Ukrainian Orthodox Church preaches peace and unity

The metropolitan of Cherkasy and Kaniv Theodosius: The Ukrainian Orthodox Church preaches peace and unity
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22 December 2021 year 10:09

The metropolitan of Cherkasy and Kaniv Theodosius, a bishop of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, in an interview with the A Bishop’s Word TV programme on the UkrLive TV channel, emphasized the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is the only institution in the country which has retained its borders inviolate. “The Ukrainian Orthodox Church is the Church of Christ here on the territory of our state, of our people of Ukraine,” said metropolitan Theodosius.

The hierarch noted that the Church, while unable to speak openly of the wrongness of many doctrines propounded by politicians and officials for their own advantage, can nevertheless speak about peace and can even make connections where none may be found.

“Within our parishes, within our monasteries, we never divide people politically or by the way they view the world,” said metropolitan Theodosius. “To the present day the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is the only institution within Ukraine that has retained its boundaries without any losses: the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is to be found in the Donbas, in Crimea, in the Chernihiv region and in western Ukraine.”

According to the metropolitan, throughout the territory of all of Ukraine the parishes of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and its monasteries and, correspondingly, its faithful preserve peace and unity.

“Ukraine as it was has remained within the boundaries of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. This is not simply demagogy and just talk, but the reality,” the bishop emphasized.

The metropolitan of Cherkasy and Kaniv Theodosius also drew attention to the fact that the peace-making mission of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church was the object of criticism fr om some politicians and officials.

“The preaching of peace today is not at all welcomed by very many people, and that is why the Church is subjected to pressure and obstruction from those people who hope to cash in dividends from hostility,” said the bishop. “It’s like being in a room of crooked mirrors wh ere everyone says that these crooked mirrors supposedly reflect the reality of what we see. But there is one mirror in which the ugly person will never see himself as attractive … And what are these people, who have become used to crooked mirrors, doing? They try to smash the one normal mirror or hide it away from sight in a cupboard so that it no longer exists. This is more or less how the Ukrainian political establishment and many officials relate today to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.”

DECR Communication Service/Patriarchia.ru

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