UOC-MP priests call on Metropolitan Onufriy to leave Moscow Patriarchate

02 March, 11:37
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Priests of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate wrote an appeal to Metropolitan Onufriy calling on him to convene a Local Council and leave the Moscow Patriarchate.

According to LB.ua, the address of the cleric of the UOC-MP was published on YouTube.

"I appeal to my Primate, His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufriy, to initiate the convening of the Local Council of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The Council will raise the issue of the inappropriateness of further membership in the Moscow Patriarchate and changing the canonical status of our Church," said one of the clerics.

"We considered you a father, and some even a great master and Father, but you turned out to be worse than a stepfather. God will be your judge," UOC-MP priests addressed the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill.

"From now on, I will not mention your name after the service in our church. This is my response to your silence during Russia's war with Ukraine and you blindly indulging Russian President Putin, which led to this war," said one of the clerics.

The appeal was published by about ten priests from churches in Kyiv, the Kyiv region and Dnipro. One of them says that his church in the village of Demidov was destroyed during the shelling by Russian troops.

As reported, on February 24, the Primate of UOC MP Onufriy addressed the citizens of Ukraine in connection with Russia launching a full-scale offensive. He called to pray for the Ukrainian army, state and people.