Friday, December 1, 2017

ROCOR playing role in Ukrainian reconciliation talks

Kiev, December 1 (Interfax) - The initiative for reconciliation with the Kiev Patriarchate was put forward by the Russian Orthodox Church with the mediation of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, Filaret, head of the Kiev Patriarchate, said.

"The initiative came from the Moscow Patriarchate. But not directly from Moscow to Kiev, but through New York, through Metropolitan Hilarion of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia," the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kiev Patriarchate told a press conference in Kiev on Friday.


  1. That makes sense actually. Metropolitan Hilarion is Canadian born, of Ukrainian descent. In fact, Ukrainian was probably his household language as a child. It would make sense that he would want to see his co-nationals come out from isolation.

  2. And now ROCOR is blamed in Russia for that tragicomedy.

    They do not have good press generally.

  3. It is known that Filaret of Kyiv was passed over to be Patriarch of Moscow. He then suddenly "discovered" his Ukrainian identity, so he could become a "Patriarch" after all. Still, one cannot fault Metropolitan Hilarion for wanting to end a soul destroying schism.

  4. Well, Met. Hilarion went the same way so that's why he may sympathise Pat. Philaret.