Whenever the state and especially the parliament intervene in the issues of the Church, the harm is obvious.
In the name of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia received the letter of His Beatitude Archbishop New Justinian and the entire Cyprus of Chrysostom II regarding the position of the canonical Orthodox Church in Ukraine, Mospat.ru reports.
In his message, His Beatitude Archbishop Chrysostom, in particular, noted:
"Whenever the state and especially the parliament interfere in the issues of the Church, the harm is obvious. The actions of the parliament will lead to the creation of some schismatic church, and the fathers view the schism as the deepest wound on the sacred body of the Church. The Church is a feeding Mother, and it strives for unity in the love of all the people of the Ukrainian state. Laws are always compulsory, causing division among the people. The Ukrainian people have suffered and suffered enough, and there is no need for other misfortunes and torments. "
"The Church of Cyprus expresses its displeasure with this interference," said the Primate of the Church of Cyprus.
Asserting His Holiness Patriarch Kirill in his support of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church "in this troubled and difficult time," His Beatitude Archbishop Chrysostomos said: "Our Church prays to the Organizer of the Church, our Lord Jesus Christ, to enlighten the political leaders of Ukraine, and they persuaded the schismatics to return In the Church headed by you. "
Earlier, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill informed the Primate of the Cypriot Orthodox Church about the attempts of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to approve bills No.4128 and No.4511, which provide for the introduction of discriminatory norms against the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
Recall that the Patriarch of Jerusalem Theodore IІІ, the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, the Patriarch of Serbia Irenaeus, the Patriarch of Alexandria Theodore II, the Patriarch of Antioch John X and the Metropolitan of the Czech Lands and Slovakia Rostislav, the Synod of the Kazakhstan Metropolitan District of the Russian Orthodox Church, the World Council of Churches expressed deep concern over the anti-church bills.