The decision for autocephaly have to take the people of Ukraine, said the state Department

© AP Photo / Luis M. AlvarezЗдание of the US state Department in Washington. Archival photoThe decision for autocephaly have to take the people of Ukraine, said the state Department© AP Photo / Luis M. Alvarez

Washington believes that a decision on the granting of autocephaly churches in Ukraine should take the Ukrainian people, said the US Ambassador for special assignments and the freedom of religion Samuel Brownback.

«The question of how best to do this should be decided by the Ukrainian people… (Ukrainian – ed.) leaders have said that it should be done, but the people must decide… We will support any position, which he will produce, may deem proper,» said state Department spokesman at a briefing.

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 in mid-October 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. The head of the Department for external Church relations 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.

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