DECR ROC: The position of Patriarch Bartholomew is shameful and absurd
Metropolitan Hilarion considers the visit of Patriarch Bartholomew to Ukraine shameful and the situation he created by legalizing schismatics absurd.
The head of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate (DECR MP), Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) of Volokolamsk, said that the situation created in Ukraine by Patriarch Bartholomew is shameful and absurd, reports the website of the DECR ROC.
In the opinion of Metropolitan Hilarion, having granted the Tomos to the Ukrainian schismatics, “Patriarch Bartholomew made a mistake in 2018 that he does not want to repent of”.
Commenting on the visit of Patriarch Bartholomew to Ukraine, Metropolitan Hilarion said that the Phanar head, “trying to pass off his wishful thinking, comes to a group of schismatics and says: here is the real Church, and there (in the UOC – Ed.) are just some titular bishops".
“The Church, in which there are more than 12 thousand parishes, more than 250 monasteries, more than a hundred bishops and millions of believers, is simply ignored by Patriarch Bartholomew, who pretends that it does not exist. This is an absurd and shameful situation, and only one person is guilty of it – Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople,” said the head of the DECR ROC.
Recalling the evangelical expression “by their fruits you will know them” (Matthew 7, 16), Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk emphasized: “This shameful visit of Patriarch Bartholomew to Ukraine became a demonstration for the whole world of the fruits of the deeds that he performed.”
In the opinion of Metropolitan Hilarion, the “priesthood” of the OCU are impostors legitimized by the Phanar.