Filarete: Evgeny Kotenko / RIA Novosti
The head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patriarchate (UOC-KP) and the honorary Patriarch of the unrecognized Orthodox Church of Ukraine (PCU) Filaret accused the head of the DNC Epiphanios and the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in the deception. His words UNIAN.
According to Filaret, among them Epiphanius and Poroshenko had concluded an agreement, according to which Filaret was to continue “to lead the Church on the territory of Ukraine, together with the Epiphany”. According to the cleric, the division of spheres of influence was going to happen between him and Epiphanius, so that the head of the new Church represented the interests of Ukrainians living abroad. “We never agreed that you’ll send me the rest!” — said Filaret.
However, he acknowledged that the agreement wore an oral character, because he “trusted the President, and the Epiphany trust”. “They lied to me,” he adds. According to Filaret, if he knew that the situation would turn out this way, it is not put forward on a post of the head of the DNC Epiphany.
Earlier, the Patriarch said that the creation of ptsu does not eliminate the headed UOC-KP, and his refusal of the dignity of Patriarch was situational. In addition, he accused Epiphanius that “pleasing Moscow”, because its address is not criticism of Russia.
Epiphanius acknowledged the existence of conflict between him and Philaret. Since obtaining Thomas churchmen had not held a single joint service.
Ptsu was established on 15 December 2018 to the unification Council, initiated by Patriarch Bartholomew and the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. It included mostly representatives of the schismatic churches, with chapters of which Constantinople removed the anathema a few months before.
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