The Orthodox Church responded to the proposal to rename the Church

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The canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church received the name before Ukraine as a state, and about any renaming of the question, the Chairman of the Synodal information Department of the UOC Archbishop Kliment (the last Supper).

He commented on the air «Public radio» statements, which has been repeatedly made by the representatives of the non-canonical Church structures and some government representatives. In particular, the head of the Institute of naramata Vladimir vyatrovich said that the UOC can no longer use my «brand» and should be called «Russian Orthodox Church».

Archbishop Clement called these statements absurd. According to him, the UOC received all rights to the property on the territory of Ukraine.

«The Ukrainian Orthodox Church was formed in the days when it was led by the then-Metropolitan Filaret. And it is absolutely legitimate, as it received the Patriarch of Patriarch of Moscow Alexy. Patriarch Alexy gave a Tomos, which Filaret received, after which the Ukrainian Exarchate was reorganized into the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. According to the Tomos, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church received all rights to the property, all the legal aspects connected with its activities within the territory of the Ukrainian state. It was in 1991, after the events associated with the independence of Ukraine,» said Clement.

According to him, the renaming of the Church to the Russian Orthodox is not possible.

«The Charter of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church was all the highest authorities, who at that time was responsible for legal entities in Ukraine, especially religious. And today all this talk about the name change look like a clown. Everyone understands that it is impossible,» said the Archbishop.

The dispute about autocephaly

The Kiev authorities are seeking from the Constantinople Patriarchate of the Tomos of autocephaly. To his needs, the Primate of the «United» Church, who was elected on the «unification Council». Its date is not yet appointed, although the speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Andrei Parubiy said that it could take place in late November. The canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church said it will not participate in this event.

In mid-October, Constantinople declared that begins the procedure of granting autocephaly. In particular, he abolished the act of 1686 on the transfer of the Kyiv Metropolitanate to the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate and lifted 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.

The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has called the actions of Constantinople split and stopped Eucharistic communion with him throughout the canonical territory, including Ukraine and Belarus. As stated by Metropolitan Hilarion, Constantinople lost its right to be called the coordinating centre of Orthodoxy.

In addition, communication with Constantinople was broken, and the Russian Church abroad.

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