2019-01-21 12:39:00

New church of Ukraine in contact with SBU, but doesn't coordinate actions Filaret

Kiev, January 21, Interfax - Filaret Denisenko, "honored patriarch" of the new church of Ukraine, said that it maintains contact with the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), but does not coordinate any actions.

"We do talk, but we don't coordinate any actions. We have contacts with them, but there is a colossal difference between that KGB and today's SBU," he said in an interview with 1+1 television on Sunday.

The special services interfered in church affairs under the Soviets, he said.

"We are free and we can do what they don't like," he said.

Responding to a question about his role in new church of Ukraine, the patriarch said he will continue participating in church development.

"The head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is now Metropolitan Epiphanius, but I am not giving up participation in the development of the Ukrainian church [...] both as a member of the Synod and as a patriarch. For global Orthodoxy I am an unrecognized patriarch, but for Ukraine I am a patriarch," he said.

According to earlier reports, Filaret, the leader of the former Kiev Patriarchate, has again started calling himself patriarch of Kiev and All Rus-Ukraine after a month's pause.