Ukrainian Orthodox parish leaves Moscow Patriarchate over patriotism

14 August 2014 11:09
(QHA) -

Today there is an outflow of the clergy and parishioners of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate to Kyiv Patriarchate, Patriarch of Kyiv and All-Ukraine Filaret told Channel 5 on Wednesday.

 "The outflow of priests and parishioners from Moscow to Kyiv Patriarchate will be and is already taking place. It is small so far, but I think eventually there will be a large outflow," he said.

 "We will receive everyone, because we are a single Ukrainian church, divided by Moscow. We need to explain the clergy, the episcopate and the faithful that the church was not divided by Ukrainians, but by Moscow at the Kharkiv synod," Filaret said.

The outflow of the clergy to church of Kyiv Patriarchate comes as Ukrainian army is fighting pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine.

Note: Ukrainian Orthodox Church is divided into two: church of Kyiv Patriarchate and church of Moscow Patriarchate.

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate -- Ukraine's largest religious body -- does not recognize the smaller Ukrainian Orthodox Church, under the Kyiv patriarch, which established itself in a schism after the fall of the Soviet Union.