Patriarch Filaret: Plan to Destroy UOC-KP Was Created in Moscow
Patriarch Filaret on December 30, 2010, published a new statement, reports the press service of Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyivan Patriarchate (UOC-KP). The head of the church stressed that the plan to destroy the UOC-KP "was created in Moscow and proposed by Patriarch Kirill and his subordinates to implement in Ukraine."
Patriarch Filaret said that the main role in this respect was given to public authorities. Officials at the regional level as well as sponsors from communities put pressure on pastors and parishes to transfer to the Moscow Patriarchate.
The hierarch believes that further implementation of the plan threatens Ukrainian society. Patriarch Filaret adresses the society and urges the international community not to ignore the violations to human rights of the believers of UOC-KP and to the pressure on this church.