Patriarch Filaret in an exclusive interview to RISU expressed an opinion that even though the negotiations between the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patriarchate did not yield the expected result, it does not mean that the whole UAOC does not want unity. He assured that the dialogue will be resumed sooner or later.
|Patriarch Filaret and Metropolitan Mefodii, September 2011|
Talking about the recent unsuccessful negotiations with the clergy of UAOC, the head of the Kyivan Patriarchate stressed that the initiative to meet at the round table did not come from representatives of UOC-KP.
“We had some experience in 2000-2001 and in 2005. But when I received a proposal to meet with Metropolitan Mefodii and when he said at the meeting that he is prepared for unification, I thought that, perhaps, something changed during these years. Unfortunately, nothing changed,” noted Patriarch Filaret.
According to the hierarch, the dialogue failed exactly due to that unwillingness and lack of unity among the bishops of UAOC.
“They argue between themselves a lot and not only about the unification but in general. The bishops quarrel with each other. Even during the sessions of the committees for the negotiation, the bishops of UAOC argued with each other. One can imagine how they communicate with each other not in public,” the patriarch said.
“But in the question of unity of the Ukrainian Orthodoxy, the position of Mefodii and Andrii or someone else from UAOC is not a problem. The Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) is a problem. It will be a great victory if we unite in one Local Church with them, even with a part of them as it will be the real overcoming of the divide,” stressed the Head of UOC-KP.