Russian Orthodox Church

Official website of the Moscow Patriarchate

Русская версияУкраинская версияМолдавская версияГреческая версияАнглийская версия
Patriarchate

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk: The developments in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church should be understood in the context of unprecedented pressure put upon it

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk: The developments in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church should be understood in the context of unprecedented pressure put upon it
Version for print
29 May 2022 year 19:15

In a brief commentary, Metropolitan Hilarion, Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, spoke of the decision made on May 29, 2022, by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church.

The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church made a judgement on the Council of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which took place on May 27 in Kiev, and expressed all-round support for her archpastors, pastors, monastics and laity over the unprecedented pressure coming from various quarters, such as extremist groups, schismatic structures, local authorities, which, in particular regions in Ukraine, simply prohibit the work of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, as well as from nationalistically-disposed circles of the Ukrainian public.

The Synod stated that the status of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is defined by the 1990 Charter of Patriarch Alexis II of Moscow and All Russia. Precisely this Charter is the canonical foundation on which the edifice of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is built.

It was noted that the amendments adopted by the Council of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and included in its Statute require to be considered by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church. We have not considered these amendments now since they have not been made public.

The Holy Synod has expressed regret over the fact that a number of the dioceses of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church have ceased making the liturgical mention of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, which has already led to divisions within the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Commenting on these decisions of the Holy Synod, I would like to say not about what has happened in Kiev but about what has not happened. There is an opinion that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has separated from the Russian Orthodox Church. It is not so. No statement on separation from the Russian Orthodox Church was made. No statement was made that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church would have a certain new status. On the contrary, she has reaffirmed again that she has the status of independence and self-governance that was granted to her as far back as 1990.

We should understand the context in which these decisions were made in Kiev. It is because for many years the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has been denied the right to be named by the name she calls herself. She is forced to change her name to “the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine”, and the aim of this is the re-registration of all the parishes of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and their expropriation in favour of the schismatic structure.

It is in the context of all that is happening in Ukraine today, in the context of unprecedented pressure made upon the Ukrainian Orthodox Church that these developments should be perceived.

The plenitude of the Russian Orthodox Church is praying and will continue praying for the suffering and persecuted Ukrainian Orthodox Church. We believe that the Lord cares for His Church and, as He promised, the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

DECR Communication Service/Patriarchia.ru

Version: Greek, Russian

Materials on the theme

Comments by DECR Communication Service on Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople’s speech at World Policy Conference (Abu Dhabi, 9 December 2022) [Documents]

Metropolitan Joanikije of Montenegro and the Littoral: Ukrainian authorities are persecuting the Ukrainian Orthodox Church

Address of the DECR chairman Metropolitan Anthony of Volokolamsk at the meeting of the UN Security Council [Article]

DECR chairman spoke at a meeting of the UN Security Council

Archpriest Igor Yakimchuk confirmed as DECR vice-chairman

The Holy Synod adopts a number resolutions concerning the external activities of the Russian Orthodox Church

Synod: Decisions of the Patriarchate of Alexandria on the hierarchs and clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church are invalid

The Holy Synod deems it important to draw attention to violations of the rights of believers in Ukraine

Comments by DECR Communication Service on Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople’s speech at World Policy Conference (Abu Dhabi, 9 December 2022) [Documents]

Metropolitan Joanikije of Montenegro and the Littoral: Ukrainian authorities are persecuting the Ukrainian Orthodox Church

Address of the DECR chairman Metropolitan Anthony of Volokolamsk at the meeting of the UN Security Council [Article]

DECR chairman spoke at a meeting of the UN Security Council

DECR Chairman meets the newly appointed Russian ambassador to Mongolia

Metropolitan Anthony of Volokolamsk meets with the Chairman of the Russian Association for Religious Freedom

Metropolitan Anthony of Volokolamsk meets with Mufti Albir Krganov