That Ukrainian Orthodox distance themselves from the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch does not sound so strange, considering the Russian-Ukrainian conflict nowadays. But we are talking about those Ukrainian Orthodox that until today have been under the Moscow Patriarchate ! Not those who are under the Kiev Patriarchate.
In the days have thus been held a gathering where some emotional reactions, but also church consistent views have been noticed. The subject of indignation is the meeting between Patriarch Kirill and Pope Franciscus at the airport in Havana February 12, and especially the Joint Declaration that was signed by both church leaders there. The Moscow Patriarchate Orthodox residents in Ukraine feels apparently completely misguided, and categorizes the things they suffered, as “..worse than during the communist era,” and they compares the Patriarch’s actions with Judas’ betrayal.
Parts of a performance can be heard on the clip below. It is Bishop Longin who speak, and some sentences I’ve translated into english – see below clip!
Today, throughout the Orthodox world we are alarmed by what happened in our midst – the meeting between his Holiness Patriarch Kirill and the Pope.
.. It is one thing to engage in dialogue, and another to recognize the Pope as a canonical bishop, as “Your Holiness,” or as brother.
Without a church meeting’s decision, none of us have the right to make such important agreements with the heretics. ..
No one told us anything. We did not know that such a meeting should take place, and without a church meeting having agreed, no one has any right to go and meet the Pope.
Yes, they can sit down and drink tea together, but to decide such ecclesiastical matters no individual has any right to do.
The Declaration that was signed in Cuba is a betrayal! It is a trampling down of the Orthodox faith, and for me personally, these thirty points in their Declaration may be compared to the thirty pieces of silver that Judas received.
Everything repeats itself as in the days when they abandoned the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
This statement is of the antichrist – this Declaration signed at the airport – and blasphemy has now taken the place that was meant for the truth of Christ. And for that reason we reject this statement, it is characterized by an apostate spirit and constitute a stumbling block for Orthodox Christians.
As far as we know, this was prepared in secret. This means that the “mystery of iniquity” took shape.
Firstly: There is something said of a meeting with “his Holiness, the Roman Pontiff” – these are the words of our Patriarch! It is a delusion, brothers and sisters. It is true delusion. In what way is he “your Holiness”, when all of our ancestors, all our saints in the Orthodox Church, calls the Latins for heretics? If we buy it, we leave no room for repentance. He is thus justified now, the Pope .. why? Because the Russian church’s Patriarch has called him “Your Holiness”. But for us, he is a heretic.
I do not understand the Patriarch … the main thing is the fifth point – note these words:
” Notwithstanding this shared Tradition of the first ten centuries, for nearly one thousand years Catholics and Orthodox have been deprived of communion in the Eucharist..”
What does he want? That we should sit together with the Pope, or what? Then comes the sixth paragraph, which says: “Mindful of the permanence of many obstacles, it is our hope that our meeting may contribute to the re–establishment of this unity willed by God ..”
Excuse me, but I will never reconcile myself with heretics. I’m Orthodox, I have part in the Orthodox faith, and I will not be a traitor. I ask your Holiness the Patriarch to pardon this, but he should apologize before our Orthodox Church, before the Orthodox Christians … The question is that, when your Holiness has made such mistakes, purely dogmatic mistakes .. how can we take part in the next Synod .
What? Just keep quiet and sit down! “Everything is already decided. Everything is voted about and everything has already been done” – it is worse than during the communist era.
Should Patriarch Kirill, who is about to lose his followers in Ukraine, win the evangelicals in America? – Trunews