Poroshenko said that the decision to grant autocephaly to Ukraine has already adopted

© RIA Novosti / Michael Palinketi in Photobacterium of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. Archival photoPoroshenko said that the decision to grant autocephaly to Ukraine has already adopted© RIA Novosti / Michael Palinketi the image Bank

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said Thursday that the decision on granting the Ukrainian Church autocephaly has been made, despite the fact that Constantinople, the Synod announced only on the beginning of this process, but not about the Tomos.

«The decision on the granting of autocephaly has already been made, stress that the decision on the granting of the autocephaly of Ukraine adopted», — said Poroshenko, the stream of his speech led the Ukrainian TV channels.

According to him, Tomos is «in fact another act of proclamation of independence of Ukraine». «The Empire loses one of the important leverage over its former colony, our own Church is the guarantee of our spiritual freedom,» — said the President.

Poroshenko also welcomed the decision of the Synod about the lifting of the anathema from the head of the non-canonical Church in Ukraine, Filaret.

The Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople has previously confirmed that it has started the granting of autocephaly churches in Ukraine. Press Secretary of the head of the ROC Patriarch Kirill said that the decision of the Synod is the legalization of the schism. He also said that the Synod took the catastrophic decision for yourself and for the world of Orthodoxy, has passed the red line.

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 suspended the service with the bishops of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. In the Russian Orthodox Church noted that none of the local churches does not support the project of Ukrainian autocephaly.

Poroshenko said that the decision to grant autocephaly to Ukraine has already adopted© RIA Novosti / Vitaly Policypro Autocephalous

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