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The clergy of the diocese of Zaporizhzhya UOC addressed an open letter to Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine Onufry in which they expressed unanimous support for the canonical Orthodox Church of Ukraine, the press service of the diocese on Thursday.
The authorities in Kiev and non-canonical Church structure in Ukraine hope till the end of the year to receive the Tomos of autocephaly from Constantinople, but Tomos can get the Primate of the «United» Church, it needs to select on the «unification Council» of the Orthodox churches in Ukraine, which date is not appointed yet. This canonical UOC said that is not going to participate in this event.
The letter States that the UOC is going through a difficult period of its history, in particular, noncanonical invasion of its territory and «unprecedented violation of the Constantinople Patriarchy of our rights of self-government and independence, granted in 1990». Zaporizhia clergy notes that it is accompanied by the recognition of schismatic organizations, a sharp acceleration of the process towards the creation of parallel Church structures in Ukraine with the support of politicians.
«We, the faithful of our spiritual Mother – the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, headed by You, testify that we do not recognize decisions taken by the Synod of the Church of Constantinople, and thank You, Your Beatitude, your support and FILIAL obedience, and with You «stay with the persecuted Church, but standing in the right position, at the position of the true Church…» — said in a letter to Onufry.
Because of the decision of Constantinople to begin providing non-canonical autocephaly churches in Ukraine, which the Russian Orthodox Church is called the schism, the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church on Monday announced the severance of communication with the Patriarchate of Constantinople on the canonical territory of the ROC, including Ukraine and Belarus. The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has called canonically void, and saw politics in the abolition of Constantinople by the act of 1686 on the transfer of the Kyiv Metropolitanate to the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate. Metropolitan Hilarion said that Constantinople lost its right to be called the coordinating centre of Orthodoxy. In the Russian Orthodox Church hope that Constantinople will change the decision to give the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church, and before that he will be in schism.