Faithful of the canonical UOC/MP, pray for them, they under assault today. They need our help now!
Bishop Evlogy of Kremenchug and Khorol believes that Catholic factions are behind the idea of autocephaly for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. “The Catholic West supports Ukrainian autocephaly. Please, remember, the very idea of the so-called ‘Patriarchate of Kiev‘ belonged to the Uniates, who understand the union of the Churches as subordination to Rome“, Vladyki Evlogy said in an interview in the newspaper Kremenchug Pravoslavny (Orthodox Kremenchug).
He sees a “direct interest” for the Uniate Catholics in an autocephalous status for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. According to Bishop Evlogy, the Uniates “understand well that an attempt to introduce autocephaly shall do no good for Ukrainian Orthodoxy, and, more likely, it’ll cause a new, more monstrous, schism within it. It (schism: Interfax) will suit the Uniates well, as they’ll try to dramatically improve their position, not only in the western regions, but, in the whole Ukraine”, Vladyki Evlogy said. He also reminded us that Philaret Denisenko, the head of the schismatical so-called “Patriarchate of Kiev” once voiced his consent to prayerful unity with Rome. However, Bishop Evlogy thinks that Ukrainian Orthodox believers “consider autocephaly a deviation from the faith of their fathers, they don’t want it, and they’ll protect their faith and the unity of the Church”.
Vladyki Evlogy noted, “Instead of working with us for the creative salvation of our people, they’re involved in actions that are specifically directed to provoke a schism. Autocephaly shall being no benefit to the long-suffering Ukraine, only thoroughgoing repentance and a correct spiritual life in Christ in the grace-bearing, canonical, and true Church shall do so”.
26 November 2008
Are you sensing… yes, you’re absolutely correct. The Interfax English translator earns yet another Big Green Weenie Award. The last paragraph is missing in the Interfax English translation. They’re always trying to soften the words of Orthodox concerning the Catholics. I’m against hatred. I believe that we can get on well with Latin Catholics as neighbours. They’re what they are. They have notions about the importance of the Pope of Rome that we don’t share and are never going to share. We can cooperate in works of good will and live in peace. However, the Uniates are a dagger poised at our heart, in existence to seduce Orthodox into the bosom of the Church of Rome. Don’t forget 1612 and don’t forget how the Catholics starved Patriarch St Germogen to death.
There’s no “Eastern Church”; there’s no “Byzantine Church”. These are Western constructs. There is the Orthodox Church, and there is the Church of Rome. They’re what they are, and we’re what we are. Why can’t the Church of Rome see that and be content with good neighbourly relations? That’s in our grasp, we should cultivate such. Unity? That’s an impossible pipe-dream, best relegated to the rubbish-tip.