Russian Orthodox Church calls for re-baptizing Ukrainian children

06 September, 16:13
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Representatives of the Moscow Patriarchate are calling for the re-baptism of children baptized in the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU).

Thus, Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) of Volokolamsk called the local Ukrainian Church a schismatic structure and urged not to recognize its sacraments on the air of one of his live programs. However, he once again stressed that he recognizes only the UOC-MP, reports Glavcom.

"If it was a church of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, then, of course, children do not need to be baptized again. If it was a church of a schismatic structure, then they need to be baptized anew because we do not recognize the sacraments of schismatics," explained Alfeyev, a representative of the Russian Orthodox church.

It should be noted that the hierarchs of the Moscow Patriarchate cannot accept the fact that believers, monks, priests, metropolitans are fleeing from their church and moving to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. They are confident that Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the OCU are personally to blame for everything.

Thus, hieromonk Timofey (Yasenitsky), doctor of church history, vice-rector for research of the Kolomna Theological Seminary, celebrated the day of knowledge in Kyiv, under the leadership of the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Metropolitan Epifaniy.

It was reported by the Telegram channel “Cerkvach” citing the Kyiv Orthodox Theological Academy.

Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov stated that the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) "suffers from pressure from Western countries", in particular the United States.

The official of the aggressor country stressed that the Russian Orthodox Church has its parishes in many countries of the world, and the Russian Foreign Ministry maintains contacts with the Church Abroad.

Also in the Russian Federation, the head of the sector of parish schools of religious education in Yekaterinburg, Anna Bogdanova, said that Russia should expand its territories.

Bogdanova believes that the expansion of territories is the main task of the Russian state. In her opinion, Russia should do this ostensibly so that "Saints" then come to the occupied lands and pray there.