30 July 2008, 15:25
Moscow, July 30, Interfax - Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko didn't manage to "legalize" Ukrainian schismatics during the Russia's Baptism 1020 celebration, the Russian Orthodox Church believes.
"Frankly speaking, Yushchenko is out of reckoning for the visit of the Constantinople Patriarch. Representative of schismatic jurisdiction didn't participate in official events," acting secretary for Church and Society of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations Fr. Georgy Ryabykh said.
According to him, if earlier many Ukrainians considered "ephemeral and strange that world Orthodoxy doesn't recognize schismatics, today they have seen with their own eyes what it means."
"No matter how hard the president tried to pay compliments to the Constantinople Patriarch he couldn't made him come in sight with schismatic leaders," Fr. Georgy said.
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