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In Moscow do not exclude that after receipt of the autocephaly of Ukraine expects a redistribution of Church property. This opinion was expressed in an interview with RIA Novosti head of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.
The interlocutor of Agency has reminded that Kiev is conducting an inventory of the temples, offers forced to rename the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, ignores the facts of violence against believers, nominates discriminatory legislative initiatives and proposes to seize some Church buildings in favor of new «Autocephalous» structure.
«Statements by representatives of the Ukrainian authorities <…> do not leave much hope that the words of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, who said that there is no redistribution of Church property will not diverge from reality,» explained the Metropolitan.
He noted that the ongoing invasion of the authorities in Church life and their desire to promote their political agenda the topic «autocephaly» «only leads to an escalation of tension and does not contribute to healing the deep divisions that afflict the Ukrainian society».
«Unfortunately, the situation in which is now the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, more reminiscent of what believers have experienced in Soviet times: the pressure, the threat of losing the temples, attacks and humiliation by anti-Church-minded forces», — concluded the Agency interlocutor.
The dispute about autocephaly
In mid-October, the Ecumenical Patriarchate announced that it begins the granting of autocephaly of the non-canonical Church in Ukraine. In particular, he recalled the act of 1686 on the transfer of the Kiev diocese in the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate, and abolished the anathema imposed by the Russian Orthodox Church at the head of the self-proclaimed «Kiev Patriarchate» Filaret and the leader of the non-canonical Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church Macarius.
In the ROC these solutions are called split and severed Eucharistic communion with the Patriarchate of Constantinople on the canonical territory, including Ukraine and Belarus. Similar decision was taken by the Synod of bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church abroad.
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