Donnerstag, 5. Juni 2014

RISU: METROPOLITAN OLEXANDER (DRABYNKO): "ORTHODOX MILITIA OF DONBASS" HAS "NOTHING IN COMMON" WITH THE ORTHODOX FAITH

The self-defense forces in southeastern Ukraine do not have broad support and are "separatists," Metropolitan Alexander (Drabinko), secretary of the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, said.

"It was generally believed that people in the southeastern regions oppose European integration. However, it became obvious in the past few months that the rumors of 'Soviet mentality' of the southeastern regions are very exaggerated. No matter how much the outside forces want it, it is virtually impossible to divide Ukraine because the separatists are actively supported by a minority even in Donetsk and Lugansk," the metropolitan said in his video blog.

He said the "Orthodox Militia of Donbass" has "nothing in common" with the Orthodox faith.

The metropolitan also believes that in this new historical situation the Church should give up "the utopia of Orthodox civilization" and stop thinking of itself as "part of the state body."

He also recalled that the church canons do not envision a one-time and mechanical change of its canonical status due to changes of the state border. Further on RISU

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