UOC is not going to participate in getting Kyiv the Tomos of autocephaly

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in fotomontajes Irpen Clement. Archival photoUOC is not going to participate in getting Kyiv the Tomos of autocephaly© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator the image Bank

Ukrainian Orthodox Church participates in the activities related to receiving autocephaly from Constantinople, said to RIA Novosti, the Chairman of the Synodal information and educational Department of UOC-MP, Archbishop Kliment (Vecherya).

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 only 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 Ukrainian Orthodox Church considers the whole process, which is now initiated around the creation of so-called unity of the Church, illegitimate from the point of view of Church canons. We do not participate in any activities associated with this because they are anti-Catholic in essence,» said Clement.

According to him, the process of granting autocephaly to Kiev more and more like a farce, but the UOC is not known the details of the ongoing. «Patriarch Bartholomew does not communicate with the canonical bishops, and communicates only with politicians, often not Orthodox, and did not consider it necessary to explain his position to the Orthodox flock of Ukraine», — said Clement.

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 the division.UOC is not going to participate in getting Kyiv the Tomos of autocephaly© RIA Novosti, Integratiebeleid in fotobanka in the Orthodox world: to be or not to be