UOC hierarch: Filaret is a mirror of the Ukrainian schism
The way the head of the UOC KP has built the church life for the last 25-30 years reflects all the processes leading to the Ukrainian church schism, said Abp.Theodosius.
The head of the UOC KP Filaret Denisenko can be called a mirror of the Ukrainian schism since his life philosophy reflects all the processes leading to the schism in Ukraine, said Archbishop Theodosius (Snigirev) of Boyarka, a vicar of the Kiev Metropolis of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
On the air of “1Kozak” TV channel, he quoted the analogy between the “Patriarch of Kiev and All Rus-Ukraine” and the writer and thinker Leo Tolstoy, who Vladimir Lenin once called “the mirror of the Russian revolution”, made by one of the UOC clerics. Tolstoy’s philosophy reflects all the revolutionary processes in Russia, which at that time (1908) were not yet realized, Vladyka Theodosius explained.
“In full, it seems to me, Filaret Denisenko can be similarly called a mirror of the Ukrainian schism. His philosophy of life, the way he has been building the church life and the life of his schism over the past 25-30 years of its existence reflect all the processes (both positive and negative, as it should now seem to them), which has led to the church schism in Ukraine,” the hierarch of the canonical Church emphasized.
According to Archbishop Theodosius, Filaret can be considered the ancestor and father of all those who now make up both the UOC KP and the OCU.
“99% of the OCU hierarchy consists of people who are the spiritual followers of Filaret Denisenko,” said Vladyka Theodosius.
The UOC vicar of the Kiev Metropolis also said how to unite the Ukrainian nation. “If we want to preserve the unity of our people, we must not divide it but bind it. It is necessary to exclude everything that separates us and raise on a pedestal everything that unites us,” said Archbishop Theodosius.