Poroshenko gave the start of the race for power over the «independent Church»

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The Ukrainian authorities seem to have decided to completely take the process of creating the «independence of the Church» in their hands. According to media reports, unhappy with the constant conflicts among the dissenters Petro Poroshenko intends to promote its own candidate for the post of head of the future Church structures. About the motives and possible consequences of such actions — in the material RIA Novosti.

The mysterious document

The service in the assumption Cathedral of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC), the service in the Vladimir Cathedral uncanonical «Kiev Patriarchate», the service in St. Andrew’s Cathedral of the schismatic Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC), a habit to visit one Easter night the temples of the Church all participants of the conflict started by President Yushchenko, too, dreamed of independence from Moscow Church. However, by the faithful, it seemed strange.

«Yushchenko thinks he’s Prince Vladimir the Baptist», — speak maliciously in 2008, the Ukrainian press.

«The law of Ukraine on freedom of conscience and religious organizations, not just entitles, and obliges the state to contribute to religious organizations in the realization of their legitimate interests,» explained Poroshenko’s adviser, the Director of the National Institute for strategic studies, Rostyslav Pavlenko. According to sources, RIA Novosti news Agency in the Ukrainian Church circles, it is responsible for the Autocephalous project.

The text of the document was never published, which gave rise to a lot of versions about his character from the formal exchange of courtesies before the contract in tough conditions.

«Moscow will do everything to destroy the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. And so in order to keep the Ukrainian Church and bring it to completion, I have to work until the end if I the Council of bishops will trust,» he said.

But at the Phanar (district of Istanbul, which is the administrative center of the Patriarchate of Constantinople), seems to think not. For example, one of the participants in the process to grant autocephaly Archbishop Teleski job (Hecha) — made clear that the Council would theoretically be equal. Besides the Patriarchate of Constantinople Philaret recognized only as one of the bishops, and not as the head of a «Church.»

«Long known that Filaret — the person is unresponsive, so Poroshenko wants to put his protégé at the head of the local Church. <…> Filaret is not acceptable for many, including in Constantinople,» says the analyst.

Besides Pogrebinsky, in the presidential administration said that after the signing of the agreement between Poroshenko and Patriarch Bartholomew, the entire process of creating a new Church structure is passed into the hands of members of the future Cathedral. Apparently, so the President wants to create the illusion of self-interference in the process.

«Maybe the reason is in the fact that the whole story of autocephaly stalled and Fanar is not ready for someone to pass Tomos», — concludes the expert.

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