UOC: initiative of Kyiv about the «one Church» over the «big puff»

© Photo : press service of the President of Ukrainepresident of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko with his wife Maryna Poroshenko and children during the festive divine services in Kiev. April 8, 2018UOC: initiative of Kyiv about the «one Church» over the «big puff»© Photo : press service of the President of Ukraine

The representative of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP), Archpriest Nikolai Danilevich said that the initiative of Kyiv about one local Church over «big zilch».

On Tuesday, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that he intends to appeal to the Constantinople Patriarchate for Kyiv resolution on the creation of a single local Autocephalous Church. According to him, the Synod’s decision can be made until 28 July. The President asked the Parliament to support his appeal. According to Poroshenko, if there is support in Parliament, it will forward the appeal to the Ecumenical Patriarch.

«On the next attempt to create a unified Church by the hands of the state. I think that this is all over a big zilch as it had many times before. There will be a lot of noise in the media, it’s all over. Why? Because you build on that Foundation on which, in principle, impossible to build,» wrote Danilevich on his page in Facebook.

He noted that the UOC of the Moscow Patriarchate in favour of overcoming the separation and for a United Church, but this must occur in the «canonical basis». He also believes that the government can use this theme «to stay for a second term».

The Moscow Patriarchate has in the past expressed the hope that the Ecumenical Patriarchate will not change its position on supporting the canonical Church in Ukraine.

In Ukraine today there are canonical UOC-MP, which is a self-governing Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, and unrecognized by the world Orthodox Church structures — the «Kiev Patriarchate» (UOC-KP) and Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC). The UOC-MP has repeatedly reported on cases of harassment of priests and seizures of Orthodox churches.