Metropolitan Hilarion hopes that local Churches will support the canonical Church in Ukraine

Moscow. May 7. INTERFAX – the head of the Synodal Department for external Church relations Metropolitan Hilarion expressed the hope that local churches will support the only canonical Church of Ukraine.

“A single local Orthodox Church in Ukraine is already there and has always been, and this is the Church headed by his Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry. This Church unites more than 12 thousand parishes and millions of believers, this is the canonical Church, its total number exceeds the number of other faiths, its the number of parishes exceeds the number of religious associations of other faiths combined. We must understand that in Ukraine it is the Church of the majority, and that is the one national Church which already exists, it has already established”, – said the Metropolitan in the program “Church and world” on TV channel “Russia-24”.

He noted that the issue of the granting of the autocephaly of the Ukrainian schismatics of Constantinople Patriarchate will consult with local Orthodox churches and to consider their opinion.

“Of course, the local Orthodox Church has their opinion expressed, and that opinion is that the only canonical Church in Ukraine is the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate. Moreover, this opinion was expressed by the Patriarch Bartholomew, including at the meeting of the local Churches in January 2016”, – said the Hierarch.

In the Russian Church believes that this position is aimed at the preservation of Church unity, will continue to be, and that it will be announced, as it was in the past, the primates and synods of other local Orthodox churches, said Metropolitan.

“If we talk about the political project that promotes Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, for this project there are three forces: first, the current Ukrainian government, for which the creation of some new Church structure is a kind of pre-election move, part of the campaign. Secondly, the project cost the Ukrainian schismatics who wish thereby to legitimize their schismatic activity, the very activity that they were for a quarter of a century. And finally for this project are the Ukrainian Uniates, who from the outset actively support it, but that did not hide the fact that one local Church should be, from their point of view, in communion with Rome,” said the Metropolitan.