The Religious Information Service of Ukraine website reports today (July 6, 2011) that Patriarch Filaret of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church--Kiev Patriarchate (UOC-KP) stated this week that his church does not want to be a "tool of foreign influence."
According to Patriarch Filaret, the UOC--KP wants "to live in peace and harmony with the Russian Church," because the church is one, and there is not one God for Russia and another one for Ukraine.
However, Patriarch Filaret stresses that the UOC--KP and the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) are divided only because of the sin of ambition, the desire of Moscow to rule over Ukraine, to the detriment of the Church of Christ."
Patriarch Filaret believes the struggle between the UOC--KP and the UOC--MP (Ukrainian Orthodox Church--Moscow Patriarchate) is no longer as overt as it used to be. "There is not global confrontation...This is a very good sign."