Zakharov suggested that Poroshenko has decided to lead the Ukrainian Church

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The official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, commenting on statements of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Church Affairs in Ukraine, asked if he wants to lead the country and the Church.

«I have the impression, and does Poroshenko have the Church to lead on the territory of modern Ukraine? I think he will soon be priests to appoint, to ordain them, so to speak, hand out badges and flags, and to bless the work,» she said in the «Right to know» on channel «TV Center».

She also noted that he did not remember such cases «moderation internal Affairs» of the state, at least over the last 20 years.

«Two magic words – «national security and the aggressor» – give a pardon, justify any actions of the current Ukrainian authorities», — she said.

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.

The Patriarchate of Constantinople decided to proceed with the granting of autocephaly churches in Ukraine, and to immediately restore the stavropegic (office, directly subordinate to the Patriarch of Constantinople) in Kiev. Constantinople also decided to cancel the anathema and all prohibitions imposed by the Orthodox Church at the head of the self-proclaimed «Kiev Patriarchate» Filaret, and restore it, and also the leader of another non — canonical structure-the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC) Macarius and their followers in the Church rights and dignity. And their flock — «to restore to communion with the Church.» Thus, Constantinople was first recognized as legitimate schismatic Church structures in Ukraine. In addition, the Patriarchate of Constantinople has actually said about their rights in Ukraine, withdrawing legal obligations historical writing in 1686 on the transfer to the Moscow Patriarch the right to appoint the Metropolitan of Kiev, who was elected Cathedral of his diocese.

ROC called the decision of the Synod the legalization of the secession and stated that they will cause catastrophic damage, touching the lives of millions of people not only in Ukraine but throughout the Orthodox world. Communication with Constantinople schismatics destroys the canonical Orthodoxy, the absurdity of the lifting of the anathema with Filaret obvious, said press Secretary of the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill.

UOC, in turn, did not rule out a break communion with Constantinople and the imposition of an anathema on the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew, noting that he believes the decision of Constantinople for the Ukrainian non-canonical churches, deeply hostile act and interference in the Affairs of the local Church.

Zakharov suggested that Poroshenko has decided to lead the Ukrainian Church© RIA Novosti / Vitaly Policypro Autocephalous

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