Kiev/Moscow, November 30, Interfax - The self-proclaimed "Kiev Patriarchate" head Filaret Denisenko has never asked the Russian Orthodox Church to forgive him, the "Kiev Patriarchate" spokesperson Yevstraty Zorya said.
"Patriarch Filaret did not ask Patriarch Kirill and the Russian Orthodox Church bishops to forgive him and bring him back to the Church's fold [...] False provocative information is being distributed. Patriarch Filaret has never sent and will never send to Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill or any other person a request for forgiveness [...] Patriarch Filaret has never sent, does not send and will not send any letters, statements or requests of this kind," Zorya told Interfax on Thursday evening.
The "Kiev Patriarchate" head does not consider himself guilty of breaching the canons on the charges under which the Russian Orthodox Church anathematized him in 1997, he said.
Yevstratiy Zoria is one of the three bishops who delivered Filaret's Denisenko petition with the Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations, Interfax sources with the "Kiev Patriarchate" said.