02.03.2007, [16:04] // UOC-KP // RISU.org.ua

Kyiv – The Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patriarchate (UOC-KP) reported on 28 February 2007 that it is ready to cooperate with the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA (UOC USA). This was in response to a recent statement from the UOC USA deploring “the continued intrusion into the life of the [UOC] USA by the [UOC-KP].”

The Metropolitan Council of the UOC USA recently stated that it “deplores the continued intrusion into the life of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patriarchate most recently manifested by the assignment of a bishop to the United States of America. We, the members of the Metropolitan Council of the UOC of the USA, while remaining firm in our desire and endeavors to secure a resolution to the disunity which plagues Orthodox Christian Ukraine, condemn any and all such machinations designed to disrupt the Faith and Order of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the USA and in the Diaspora.”

According to the subsequent statement of the Synod of the UOC-KP: “By this appointment the Holy Synod did not interfere in the affairs of the UOC USA; it only regulated the affairs of the UOC-KP in the USA. The synod states that the ‘disrupt[ion of] the Faith and Order of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the USA’ was not caused by the actions of the UOC-KP but by internal misunderstandings inside the UOC USA and diaspora. Therefore, attempts to explain existing oppositions in the Ukrainian Orthodox community in the USA by actions of the UOC-KP are attempts to distort the true reasons for the conflict, and, in this way, to delay its resolution for an indefinite period.”

The Synod of the UOC-KP states that the UOC-KP is ready for constructive cooperation with the UOC USA, which is part of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, on the basis of brotherly love in Christ and mutual respect.

Source and previous related RISU news:
http://www.risu.org.ua/eng/news/article;14506/
http://www.uaorthodox.org/article.php?pid=532
http://www.risu.org.ua/eng/news/article;14386/

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