UOC has decided to defend in the international arena from the arbitrariness of the authorities

© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Castinplace in photomontage parishioners of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate in KievUOC has decided to defend in the international arena from the arbitrariness of the authorities© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Castinplace the image Bank

The Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate because of the lawless actions of the authorities of Ukraine announced the creation of its own representation to the European international organizations.

The members of the Synod expressed its anger at attempts Glad to take the anti-clerical laws and the tyranny of culture of Ukraine. The bishops of the UOC-MP noted that the officials are trying to deny the Church the registration of the statutes and put it outside the law.

«Today the Ukrainian Orthodox Church deteriorated. Violated the European Convention, generally accepted norms, laws of Ukraine at all levels – legislative, Executive and judicial. In this regard, it was decided that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church should be represented among the largest possible number of European international organizations», — said RIA Novosti head of the press service of the UOC-MP Vasily Anisimov.
A necessary self-defense

Anisimov told about the capture temples UOC MP. According to him, the courts issue orders to return them, but none of these regulations not to comply is not in a hurry. The authorities allocate land for the construction of churches, but then announce the UOC-MP as the aggressor, freeze or prohibit the construction.

«This is a violation of the rights of believers. Required the international community’s response to these iniquities. The Church must be protected… If Ukraine is seeking associate membership in Europe, we have to respect human rights. And if they are violated, we will testify,» — said the Agency interlocutor.

He noted that the UOC-MP as the largest religious organizations of Ukraine already has experience of performances of its representatives in the European Parliament and other EU institutions. However, according to Anisimova, to expand its presence in the international arena.

He added that it is difficult to say what good will come out of constant contact with European organizations, however, do nothing in a situation when the country is on the threshold of a religious war, is unacceptable.

Chief patron

The head of the newly formed mission of the Synod of the UOC-MP chose Archimandrite Victor (Cocabo), cleric of the Kiev diocese. In connection with the new appointment of a priest to be named Bishop of Baryshevskii, vicar of the Kyiv metropolis.

As explained by Anisimov, this choice is not accidental. «Archimandrite Victor a responsible and competent person who is familiar with all information related to violations of the rights of believers», — said the Agency interlocutor.

In Ukraine there is a canonical UOC-MP, which is a self-governing Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, and unrecognized by the world Orthodox Church structures, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyiv Patriarchate (UOC KP) and Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC). While the UOC-MP has repeatedly reported on cases of harassment of priests and seizures of the Orthodox churches representatives of the UOC-KP. In particular, in 2014-2016, the UOC-MP has lost 40 temples.