The idea of autocephaly is not accepted in the Belarusian Orthodox Church both at the level of the laity and at the level of the clergy. This was stated by the head of the Synodal Information Department of the BOC Igor Vasko, commenting on the words of President Alexander Lukashenko about the intention of the opponents of Belarus to seek autocephaly of the BOC, writes Pravlife.
“We, in the Belarusian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, do not accept this idea. Neither at the level of ordinary believers, nor at the level of clergy, because we unequivocally believe that the idea of autocephaly is destructive for both society and the Church, that is, it will not bear any positive results. This is not necessary either from a church point of view, not from a social or political point of view,” noted Igor Vasko.
As an example, he cited Ukraine, where the idea of autocephaly was at first “supported at the level of some political parties, then began to be supported at the level of the head of state,” but did not bring anything other than division in society. According to Igor Vasko, the Church should unite people: “This is its function, one of the most important.”