Poroshenko was still willing to meet with bishops of the UOC-MP in the “Ukrainian house” / photo president.gov.eupresident of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko ready to hold a meeting with the hierarchs of the UOC of the Moscow Patriarchate in the “Ukrainian house”.
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The corresponding statement the press service of the presidential Administration announced in a Facebook press Secretary of the President Svyatoslav Tsigalko.
As noted in the statement, Poroshenko initiated a meeting with all the bishops of the UOC (MP) a few weeks ago.
“But the one who doesn’t want results, looking for reasons for failure. And the majority of bishops of the UOC (MP) began to seek an explanation not to come to the meeting, saying that the place is not suitable,” said the AP.
“Neither the language of ultimatums, nor the holding of the meeting of the Synod according to the scenario, probably, sent from Moscow, is not able to disrupt the process of creation of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. This process is supported by the vast majority of citizens of our state. So to go against the will of their own people is obviously a way in anywhere”, – said in a statement.
As noted in the administration, the President invited the bishops of the UOC-MP to dialogue, to word of mouth heard about his talks with the Ecumenical Patriarch, the agreement between Ukraine and the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and on the readiness of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to promote the unification of the Cathedral.
“The President is ready to dialogue. Door “Ukrainian house” remain open”, – summed up in the AP.
As reported the UNIAN, earlier today, the Archbishop Zorya on his page in Facebook wrote that at 14.00 in the “Ukrainian house” is to begin meeting with the President of Ukraine the episcopate of the Moscow Patriarchate. Instead, she invited the bishops to sit behind closed doors in the Assembly hall of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra.
He added that in the morning there was convened a Synod of the UOC-MP with the obvious hint – “who among the bishops will not obey the order of metropolis (in fact the instructions from Moscow) – the decision of the Synod today will lose their positions.”
In turn-informed the interlocutor of the UNIAN in Church circles said that the representatives of the presidential Administration continue to liaise with the UOC-MP at the scheduled meeting Poroshenko with the episcopate.
In General, closed to the press, the event was planned in a round table format.