Dissenters and the authorities of Ukraine want to steal the name from the canonical Church, stated in the ROC

© AFP 2018 / Genya SavilovПрезидент of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko during a prayer service on the occasion of the forthcoming decision on the granting of the autocephaly of the Church in Ukraine. 14 Oct 2018Dissenters and the authorities of Ukraine want to steal the name from the canonical Church, stated in the ROC© AFP 2018 / Genya Savilov

The intention of Kiev to take the name «Ukrainian Orthodox Church» from the canonical Church are a gross interference of state power in the sphere of the Church life and the attempt «to steal someone else’s name,» said on Friday, RIA Novosti Deputy Chairman of the Department for external Church relations (DECR) of the Moscow Patriarchate Archpriest Nikolai Balashov.

Earlier Friday, the head of the non-canonical Church structures in Ukraine Filaret Denisenko said that after gaining its autocephaly, it will be called «Ukrainian Orthodox Church», and the canonical UOC-Moscow Patriarchate should be called «the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine.» The same opinion was previously expressed by representatives of the Ukrainian authorities. Supporters of Filaret submitted to the Verkhovna Rada a bill.

«The name of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church reflects the consciousness of its members. The attempt to «legislative renaming» of religious organizations is a blatant interference of the authorities of the secular state in the sphere of Church life. Not by chance in the draft of the law that the representatives of the dissenters «I ask Parliament to accept,» namely bill No. 5309, followed by a negative opinion of the main scientific expert Department of the Verkhovna Rada», — said Archpriest Nikolai Balashov.

According to him, in conclusion, Ukrainian lawyers noted the discriminatory nature of the bill, its contradiction of the Constitution and current legislation of Ukraine.

«But, apparently, all of these arguments have for the leaders of the schism and some Ukrainian politicians who want to steal not only alien believers, other churches and monasteries, but someone else’s name, just as little importance, as the sacred canons of the Church, which they easily transgress – with the support, to our great regret, our brothers of the Patriarchate of Constantinople», — said the Deputy head of the DECR.

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 15 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. 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.