Deisis (Novogorod)

The Head of UGCC, "the Moscow Patriarchate has never been a universal arbiter even in the Orthodox world"

ugcc.org.ua - The Moscow Patriarchate is trying to throw the world community the idea like the Moscow is the "Third Rome". In fact, the Moscow Patriarchate is the usual local Church. ROC has never been a universal arbiter even in the Orthodox world.

That is how Head and Father of UGCC His Beatitude Sviatoslav stated his position giving an interview to RISU.

"Even more - continued Primate - Moscow Patriarchate - always denied any role of the Pope as the Universal Pontiff. So claim the role of the Patriarch of Moscow Ecumenical Pontiff, they deny own ecclesiology that they also formed. This theological or canonical point of view. "

Head of the Church said, when it comes to facts that Russia is an aggressor against Ukraine and the Russian Orthodox Church has positioned as a church that consistently defends national interests, then imagine themselves "over the conflict," as evidenced by the Moscow Patriarch is a denial of the obvious.

"The Church - continued Primate - may be a referee when we were talking about internal Russian conflict, that war between the subjects of the Russian Federation, or between individual members of the Russian Orthodox Church as its internal war. Perhaps here again there is a certain "geopolitical unconscious" in which Ukraine for us without us categorically incorporated in the "Russian world" and the war against us see how this conflict within the "world." In fact, the war against Ukraine as an independent sovereign state violates international law, as clearly stated the Holy See and the Holy Father exercises his ministry as Supreme Pontiff in accordance with the ancient tradition of the first millennium. "

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