The establishment of three new Metropolitanates of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church will not influence the relations with the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patriarchate as it is the right of each Church to form some structural units or liquidate them. This opinion was expressed by Bishop Yevstratii (Zoria) of UOC-KP in a commentary to RISU.
According to the hierarch, the establishment of three new metropolitanates in the territory, where UGCC’s influence is considerable, is quite a logical step.
“It is obvious to everyone that UGCC has a significant number of faithful and clergy in the three Galician regions and its historic presence in that region is considerable. Therefore, it is not surprising that UGCC decided to establish the structural units in Ukraine as it has metropolitanates abroad,” explained the bishop.
“The statements of ROC [Russian Orthodox Church] as to complication of the dialogue because of UGCC are just an element of the diplomatic game of Moscow with the Vatican. ROC has used these scary tales of destroyed eparchies, confiscated churches with one purpose, namely, to get something from the Vatican,” commented the bishop on the negative reaction of Moscow Patriarchate to the mentioned development.