ROC: the meeting of the Patriarch and the Pope interfere with the actions of the Greek Catholics
Olga Lipich. Patriarch of Moscow And all Russia Kirill appreciates the position of Pope Francis on many issues, But their meeting obstruct the actions of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, supporting one of the parties to the conflict in Ukraine, said Last news on Tuesday, press Secretary of the Patriarch deacon Alexander Volkov.
Pope Francis at the end of November, said about the desire to meet with Patriarch Kirill. At the end of the second decade of November the Ukrainian Greek Catholic (Uniate) Church, which retains the Orthodox rites, But recognizes its head the Pope, signed together with not a recognized world Orthodoxy of the Kyiv Patriarchate And the Ukrainian Autocephalous Church call for the establishment of a single local Ukrainian Orthodox Church ". The Moscow Patriarchate, which is the largest in Ukraine the Orthodox Church, this document is recognized as illegal.
" By itself, the theme of the meeting is on the agenda of relations 2 churches. His Holiness Patriarch Kirill appreciates balanced And in the truth of the Christian position of Pope Francis on various problems of modern society. And in this sense, our churches are strategic partners in witness to the world about Christian values, " said Volkov these words of the Pope.
according to him, the two churches United in concern for the fate of Christians in the Middle East And the opinion of the Pontiff on the situation in Ukraine is largely coincides with the position of the Russian Church.
" How many times about it was told from various platforms, his Holiness Patriarch Kirill, the only Ministry that the Church should take in this conflict (Ukraine), peacekeeping, excluding any political preferences. But, unfortunately, in this sense, we must admit that the position of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholics is a hindering factor. The story is about supporting one political party to the conflict And the support of the dissenters in Ukraine, " explained wolf.
He expressed the hope that " the voice of the Russian Church will be heard - And the involvement of the UGCC in political conflict And inflation falling to Ukraine will be reduced "." in the 1st turn, this will create favorable rules to maintain a meaningful dialogue between the Russian Orthodox And Roman Catholic churches, as well as among them, And in connection with the subject of the meeting of the Patriarch And the Pope ", - concluded the head of the Department.
the vast number of Greek Catholics live in the West of Ukraine, but their Church positions itself As an all-Ukrainian.