28 Jan 2019 16:16

Schism leaders, Ukraine's current politicians to become thing of past - Patriarch Kirill's press secretary

MOSCOW. Jan 28 (Interfax) - The Russian Orthodox Church hopes that the schism in Ukraine will be overcome after the political situation changes.

"No matter how catastrophic current events are, it is a catastrophe that can be overcome, and it will definitely be overcome, because people come and go, politicians come and go, their names are forgotten, but the church will not disappear, and the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church will not disappear," the patriarch's press secretary, Father Alexander Volkov, said on Monday.

As to the schismatics, who, he said, have joined forces with politicians in Ukraine, "these current politicians will undoubtedly become a thing of the past, and they will be followed by all leaders and participants in this schism if they don't repent and don't try to return to the canonical church," Volkov said.

"There has always been canonical Orthodoxy in Ukraine, and it continues to develop. It is just happening under very difficult circumstances now, which will definitely change," he said.