Metropolitan Hilarion believes the topic of autocephaly attempt by Poroshenko to boost his ratings

Moscow. September 3. INTERFAX – the Struggle for autocephaly is a political project, designed to raise the rating of the current leadership of Ukraine, the head of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion.

“In this case, of course, we must understand that the current government in Ukraine has only six months until the next election, no real success there, the economic situation is difficult, the political situation is extremely unstable, the discontent of the people grows, and you need some great success in order to raise your rating. So I decided to take the case – to finish the project, which was initiated by the dissenters quarter of a century ago and which had no success,” he said in the program “Church and world” on TV channel “Russia-24”.

He noted that political power often intervened in Church matters, and when such interference occurs, it very often harms the Church.

“If, God forbid, happens such developments, which some dream (…) that is to provide Tomos, to declare autocephaly, it means that most of the Church people that the autocephaly will not accept, will accept it, maybe some handful of dissenters – thus the split will be legitimized. This will cause a great impact on Orthodoxy in Ukraine – in fact, there will be another split, and most importantly – that it will split all the body of world Orthodoxy”, – said Metropolitan Hilarion.