«The enemy of the Church»: why Poroshenko not usidish on two chairs

© RIA Novosti / Michael Palinketi in photobacteria national flag Day of Ukraine in Kiev«The enemy of the Church»: why Poroshenko not usidish on two chairs© RIA Novosti / Michael Palinketi in photovacation of Skripunov

Ukrainian politicians seem to have moved into religion. The Verkhovna Rada plans to consider «a dozen spiritual initiatives» affecting millions of believers. A number of them directed against the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate. That the deputies conceived against the country’s largest religious organization and whether the President of Petro Poroshenko not to touch the Church — in the material RIA Novosti.

Name change

One third of the introduced bills for, in fact, purely technical things like facilitate the procedure of re-registration of communities established in 2015. The parliamentarians asked the all-Ukrainian Council of churches.

Another third covers issues such as the fight against domestic violence, the right of doctors to refuse abortions and calling the believers to alternative military service. These initiatives are initiated by religious organizations of Ukraine.

But bill No. 5309 for the largest religious organization — the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP). According to him, the organization is obliged to change the name, because its «nerve center» alleged «is outside of Ukraine, in the state that the law recognized such that it has carried out military aggression against Ukraine and/or temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine».

The initiative came from Nazarii «Freedom». Its leader, Oleg Tyagnibok admits that this is «the spread of influence of the «Kiev Patriarchate» to the whole of Ukraine». In the jurisdiction of the KP, according to the Ministry of culture of Ukraine, is 5264 parish, and financial and administrative independence from Moscow, UOC-MP are 11 908 parishes. According to various sources, it is adjacent to approximately 60% of the population of Ukraine. Over the past three years, the Pro-government supporters of the «Kiev Patriarchate» was captured with the participation of radicals of more than 40 temples of the UOC-MP.

«We intend to ensure that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate was renamed the «Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine,» so that everyone can understand. And she needs to get the status of the alien Church,» — Tiahnybok explained the need for the law.

In the summer the document was approved by the relevant Committee of Parliament. Now, to everyone’s bewilderment, he would be considered at a plenary meeting of Parliament.

«This is an attempt to discredit the Church in terms of information in order to make it weaker and more convenient for the information (and not only) attacks from the radicals. … Well, then let’s make a bill to not be called «Petro Poroshenko Aleksievich», and «Gunpowder» or «Dad». This is a flagrant violation of the right of legal entities to have its own name in accordance with its position», — considers the Director of the Ukrainian Institute of analysis and management Ruslan Bortnik.

In most of the UOC-MP called the bill discriminatory. «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! Probably, Denisenko, Mikhail Antonovich (head «Kiev Patriarchate». — Approx. ed.) thinks that the name will give him the recognition of other churches and canonicity?», — outraged the head of the legal Department of the UOC-MP Archpriest Oleksandr bakhov.

«To sit on two chairs»

«Denisenko good position under the President. He is the leader of the «party of war» in the spiritual realm and interested in the destruction of the canonical Orthodox Church. And the President is talking to him in the highest degree respectful. Attends his Church, although it was originally (and maybe still is) a parishioner of the Church of the Moscow Patriarchy», — says Director of the Ukrainian Center of political researches and conflictology Mikhail Pogrebinsky.

However, the President has warned MPs that they will not sign another controversial bill No. 4511, binding to agree on the appointment of bishops with the authorities.

«I think that Poroshenko was impressed with the procession (UOC-MP. — Approx. ed.) held in July and attended by 100 thousand people. Before the election have a strong reputation as an enemy of the Church, it seems, do not want,» admits the analyst.

However, there is no conflict with the Parliament over the document, most likely, is not expected. Moreover, the President warned MPs about their willingness to discuss the same draft law No. 4128, legitimizing the seizure of churches by supporters of Denisenko.

Representatives of the UOC-MP has repeatedly stressed that such initiatives are nothing but a new civil war, it will not. Judging by the fact that the President supports some of these bills, but at the same time speaks about the alleged independence of the Church from the state, we are talking about banal populism, and not about trying to improve the situation.

«What Poroshenko is trying to sit on two chairs», — concludes the expert.

And another bill No. 6722, offers to open a plenary meeting of Parliament’s prayer «our father». But whether it will save from the wrath of hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians who are affected by controversial initiatives — the big question.