Russian Orthodox Met. Hilarion Alfeyev continues to amaze in his direct and unambiguous attacks on Western moral decadency. In his recent address to the soap operatic synod in Rome, he emphasized traditional values common to the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. He also, again, spent time going after the Ukrainian Catholic patriarchate for dividing Ukraine from its rightful master, Mother Russia, and made known the ecumenical difficulties of "Uniatism" in general:
"And we have to state regrettably again that Uniatism does not bring the Orthodox and the Catholics any closer to each other; on the contrary, it divides us.
On behalf of the Russian Orthodox Church, I would like to address the representatives of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church present in this hall with an appeal to renounce any statements on political topics and any visible forms of support of the schism as well as calls to create “one Local Church of Ukraine”. For standing behind this call is a simple truth, the wish to tear away the Orthodox faithful in Ukraine from their Mother Church, the Moscow Patriarchate, with which Ukraine has been bound by age-old blood ties."
I am in complete 100% agreement with his excellency! I also agree with his excellency's previous calls for an end to Uniatism altogether. I suggest we begin with the suppression of the Greek Orthodox Uniate Church currently called the "Antiochian Orthodox Church"—formed in reaction to Antiochian Patriarch Cyril VI Tanas' decision to enter communion with Rome. The pro-Russian Ukrainian Orthodox Church—there is a non-Russian Ukrainian Orthodox Church in de facto communion with the Ukrainian Catholics—should also be suppressed and returned to obedience to the archbishop of Kiev, Patriarch Sviatoslav, who then can deal with Moscow on his own accord. True ecumenism requires the end of forfeiting obedience to own's rightful bishops in exchange for political expediency. I am glad our Orthodox brethren feel the same way.
It should also be noted that Hilarion is a wonderful composer.