In an interview with the Greek newspaper “Ethnos tis Kirakis”, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Rus’ expressed his opinion on the decision of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to grant autocephaly status to the Ukrainian Church and the possibility of schism within Orthodoxy.
He points out that “the only Orthodox Church in Ukraine, where one can participate in the Holy Mysteries, remains the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, headed by Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine.”
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, who has been at the helm of the Orthodox Church of Russia for over a decade, makes it clear that the Moscow Patriarchate does not recognize the new Church, nor will it ever recognize it.
This “autocephaly” status did not restore the unity of Ukrainian Orthodox, but it threatened globally the Orthodox Church, he noted.
Having visited Greece repeatedly. The Patriarch ha love for Greece, and states that “every time I felt that the Greek people were not strangers, but my brothers.”