As some bishops of other Local Churches note, the future fate of world Orthodoxy depends to a certain extent on what is happening in Ukraine. Bishop Victor of Baryshev said this in an interview for the Greek media, according to the Information and Education Department of the UOC.
“I cannot but note that today such a situation has arisen in world Orthodoxy, when the spearhead of ecclesiological, canonical and even theological disputes is in Ukraine. <…>
And this means that each of us bears a tremendous responsibility for preserving the purity of the Orthodox faith, increasing the wealth of our Church, of which we are the heirs. But the main thing in all this, of course, is Christ. He is the center and meaning of our life. The Communion of the Body and Blood of the Savior for us, Orthodox Christians, is the most important thing that we can and should do. Therefore, each Liturgy as a “common cause” is really the most important event both in the life of each of us and in the life of the Church and the world as a whole. May God grant that this “common cause” does not stop as long as the world exists, “said the hierarch.