The granting of autocephaly to Ukraine: the Russian Orthodox Church predict the future bloodshed – 24 Channel

Надання автокефалії Україні: у РПЦ прогнозують майбутнє кровопролиття - 24 Канал

ROC said, if Constantinople will provide the Ukrainian Orthodox Church autocephaly and deliver the UOC-MP of its “legitimate” rights, it could lead to bloodshed.

This statement was made Chairman of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, reports news Agency TASS.

“If the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate – 24 channel) recognize the Church of the aggressor, as they now say when it will be deprived of legal rights, we can expect anything, anything – that the dissenters could take control over large monasteries, such as Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, Pochayiv Lavra,” says the priest.

At the same time he noted that in this case, “of course, Orthodox believers will defend these Holy places and may start the bloodshed.”

“There are laws which are considered by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, aimed at discrimination against and exclusion of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. In particular, one of the laws provides for the renaming of the UOC-MP to the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine”, – concluded the Metropolitan.

Recall that on 7 September it became known that the Ecumenical Patriarchate in preparation for the granting of autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine have nominated their exarchs (attorney) in Kiev. This event of panic criticized the Russian Orthodox Church, calling such a move an “invasion on the canonical territory of the Moscow Patriarchate.” In addition, September 14, with the same reason, the Synod of ROC decided to terminate participation in the institutions under the chairmanship of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

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