The ROC condemned Poroshenko’s appeal to the UOC to leave the country

© AP Photo / Efrem LukatskyПрезидент of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. Archival photoThe ROC condemned Poroshenko’s appeal to the UOC to leave the country© AP Photo / Efrem Lukatsky

The Moscow Patriarchate expressed surprise at the recent statements of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko about the fact that the believers of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Ukraine «nothing to do», and drew attention to the fact that these believers in the country — millions.

Speaking Wednesday at the conference, Poroshenko said that «Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine, nothing to do», and urged its members to return «home to Russia».

«When Mr. Poroshenko said that the Russian Orthodox Church has nothing to do in Ukraine, what does he have in mind? Who? In Ukraine there is one canonical Orthodox Church. And it is called the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Its Primate, his Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry, its clergy and laity are citizens of Ukraine. The Ukrainian President has them in mind? Millions of Ukrainian citizens?» — wrote Thursday in his Telegram the head of the Synodal Department for Church and society and the media Vladimir Legoyda.

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 Moscow Patriarchate.

The Synod also 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.

The ROC condemned Poroshenko’s appeal to the UOC to leave the country© RIA Novosti, Integratiebeleid in fotobanka in the Orthodox world: to be or not to be