Kiev accused the UOC in «isolation»

© RIA Novosti / Stringreplace in fotobanka Prime Minister of Ukraine Vyacheslav Kirilenko, archival photoKiev accused the UOC in «isolation»© RIA Novosti / Stringreplace the image Bank

Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Vyacheslav Kirilenko said that the request of the Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to Constantinople not to violate its canonical territory, provoking sectarian strife, and the Church itself «has become the way of self-isolation», the Ukrainian official statement is made despite the promise of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko not to interfere in the Affairs of the Church.

On Tuesday, the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church called on Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople to cease interference in the internal Affairs of the UOC and not to violate its canonical territory, and has suspended the service with the bishops of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

«A statement against the visit of the representatives of the Patriarch of Constantinople in Ukraine, the Moscow Patriarchate itself provokes sectarian strife. Any Church can not ignore the majority opinion of the Orthodox of Ukraine who support granting of a Tomos (decree on autocephaly — ed.). The UOC-MP on the path of self-isolation,» wrote Kirilenko in the microblog in Twitter.

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is trying to achieve recognition of non-canonical religious structures and of establishing a local Autocephalous Church in Ukraine, though, and promised not to interfere in the Affairs of the Church. Earlier, the Patriarchate of Constantinople «in preparation for the granting of autocephaly» was appointed its Exarch in Kyiv. In addition, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has stated that it intends to provide Ukraine Autocephalous. In the UOC called such actions by invading the canonical territory of other local churches and called on Patriarch Bartholomew to stop meddling and «exarchs» of the Patriarchate of Constantinople to leave Kiev.

The Russian Orthodox Church, in turn, went to the actual «break diplomatic relations» with the Patriarchate of Constantinople. The Synod of the Russian Church announced a cease commemoration of Patriarch Bartholomew during the Patriarch’s divine services. In addition, a decision was made to exit from the structures, which is chaired by the representatives of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church with Constantinople was in this crisis only once in all its more than thousand-year history.

The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Synod of bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church abroad, the Holy Synod of the UOC has also suspended the service with the bishops of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

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