Moscow no longer knows what to cling to in order to discredit the OCU and Patriarch Bartholomew
Recently pro-Moscow resources circulated the speech of the People’s Deputy of Ukraine and former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko at a meeting with Ukrainian believers of the UGCC in Rome, at the bishops’s liturgy on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the blessing of Hagia Sophia in Rome. At the same time, his words about the need for unification with the Greek Catholics in prayer for Ukraine, Russian propagandists filed as the intention of ecclesiological unity, that is, the merger of the ΟCU and the UGCC into one church structure.
People's Deputy of Ukraine Rostislav Pavlenko on his Facebook page commented on inappropriate reproaches of the Russian media.
Recognition of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (OCU) moves on, yet the struggle continues. The opponents employ any methods, including misinterpretation and giving the meanings, which were not stated. For instance, some media tried to give a different meaning to statements of Petro Poroshenko regarding his wish of unity among the Orthodox and the Greek Catholic, making far-reaching conclusions. In doing so, old and long-dismissed myths are used.
Petro Poroshenko states his position very clearly. He made great efforts to liberate the ecclesiastical life of Ukraine from the outside interference and propaganda. He succeeded in obtaining the Ecumenical recognition of our Church. Autocephaly of the UOC (OCU), under the Metropolitan Epiphanius of Kyiv and all Ukraine, its status as equal among equals in the Orthodox world - is a basis of spiritual independence, as well as a strong security factor.
Meanwhile, the Churches in Ukraine cooperate in development of spirituality of society, fortifying the independence of Ukraine, helping people, including the defenders of Ukraine’s independence. It is this unity, that Petro Poroshenko always speaks of. And another thing: in the spirit of praying for peace and unity of the whole world, the Orthodox Churches - the Ecumenical Patriarchate and all the local Churches, including Moscow, alike - lead the theological dialogue, for instance, with the Vatican. The Patriarch of Moscow can meet the Pope of Rome in Cuba - without rising any discontent.
Those, who follow Russian propaganda in manipulative conclusions, should remember this. Orthodox Church of Ukraine is autocephalous, independent, which is certified by the Tomos of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and will always remain so..