«Take away the title, along with the churches»: the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is afraid of the new bill Happy

© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Castinplace in photomontage parishioners of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate in Kiev«Take away the title, along with the churches»: the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is afraid of the new bill Happy© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Castinplace the image Bank

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC) has sounded the alarm over a new draft law to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, according to which the Church will be forced to change the name.

The Ukrainian Parliament Committee on culture and spirituality has approved the bill No. 5309 «On amendments to the law of Ukraine «On freedom of conscience and religious organizations». According to him, the legislation is amended «regarding the names of religious organizations (associations), which are included in the structure (is part of) religious organizations (enterprises), leadership (control) of which is located outside Ukraine, in a state that, according to the Law of Ukraine, recognized by carrying out military aggression against Ukraine and/or temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine».

«This bill proposes to deprive the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of her own name! As it turns out, the faithful of the UOC want to take the opportunity not only to pray in their churches, but to take the name of the Church!», — commented on the bill in his Facebook head of the legal Department of the UOC-MP Archpriest Oleksandr bakhov.

He suggested that the adoption of the document will be beneficial, first of all, unrecognized by the world Orthodox «Kiev Patriarchate» (UOC-KP).

«Probably, Denisenko, Mikhail Antonovich (head of the Kyivan Patriarchate — ed.) thinks that the name will give him the recognition of other churches and canonicity,» admitted FR.

In may, the Verkhovna Rada intends to consider two resonant draft law on the status of religious organizations. The first bill suggests that religious organizations, senior centers are in the state recognized Ukraine «aggressor country» will be able to appoint metropolitans and bishops only in agreement with the authorities. The second bill proposes to grant the right to the parishioners to change the jurisdiction of the religious communities which operate both in Ukraine and abroad. However, the vote on the documents did not take place.

In day of consideration of bills, may 18, at the walls of Parliament the faithful of the UOC-MP celebrated a prayer service «On the suggestion of deputies.» In worship uchastvovali more than 10 thousand people.

Ukraine operates the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Autonomous Church within the Moscow Patriarchate), and also unrecognized by the world Orthodox of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. However, the UOC-MP has repeatedly reported on the harassment of the clergy and the seizure of Orthodox churches by representatives of the UOC-KP. In particular, in 2014-2016, the UOC-MP has lost 40 temples.

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