Metropolitan Onufry holds the Council of bishops of the UOC

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in fotoreceptori of Kiev and all Ukraine Onufry. Archival photoMetropolitan Onufry holds the Council of bishops of the UOC© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator the image Bank

The head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Metropolitan Onufry after the meeting of the Holy Synod was headed by the Council of bishops of the UOC, which are present in almost all the bishops of the canonical Church.

«On the territory of the Holy Dormition Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra under the chairmanship of his Beatitude Metropolitan of Kyiv and all Ukraine Onufriy held a meeting of the Council of bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Only 90 of the diocesan and vicar bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, who are entitled to vote, present at the Council 83», — stated in the message.

According to the statutes of government of UOC, the quorum is two-thirds of its members, there are 56 bishops. Thus, the Council of bishops occurs in the presence of a quorum.

Before that, during the work of the Holy Synod was «discussed current issues of Church life», said the UOC. Detailed agenda as of the Synod and Council of bishops are not reported. Previously it was assumed that in a large meeting with bishops of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra will take part the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, however, until the time he got there.

In his opening remarks opening the session of the Synod, Metropolitan Onufry touched on the complexity of the Church situation in Ukraine, when «the Church is trying to draw political games» and «a political weapon». It is expected that the Synod and Council of bishops of the UOC will give his assessment of the situation.

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. Earlier, the speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Andrei Parubiy said that in late November, could take place «unification Council» of the Orthodox churches.

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.Metropolitan Onufry holds the Council of bishops of the UOC© RIA Novosti, Integratiebeleid in fotobanka in the Orthodox world: to be or not to be