In this battle, he concludes, “the Orthodox Church of Ukraine must avoid the temptations of monopoly. It now is canonical, Ukrainian and autocephalous, but this doesn’t mean that it can sit with crossed arms and simply wait while parishes come to it. On the contrary, it must act, develop and become more attractive in the eyes of the believers.”
That will require not only real effort but also a commitment to openness, transparency, and the participation of the faithful in church life. Only in that way, Gorevoy says, will the forces of Moscow be defeated in this critical area of Ukrainian life.