Poroshenko ready to meet with bishops of the UOC only in its proposed location

© RIA Novosti / Michael Markeviciute in Photobacterium of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. Archival photoPoroshenko ready to meet with bishops of the UOC only in its proposed location© RIA Novosti / Michael Markeviciute the image Bank

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is ready to meet with the bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, but in its proposed location on Tuesday, said his press Secretary Svyatoslav Tsigalko.

Session of the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church took place on Tuesday in the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra. It was assumed that in a large meeting with bishops, will attend Poroshenko, but he never came. UOC when it reported that the Council of bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is ready to meet with Poroshenko, but only on the Church grounds. The head of the Synodal Department of the Moscow Patriarchate on relations of the Church with society and mass-media Vladimir Legoyda quoted statement of the Holy Synod, in which, in particular, it was said that the interference of Constantinople in the internal Affairs of another local Church and attempts to resolve the Ukrainian Church question with the participation of public authorities and dissenters are illegal and therefore inadmissible. The Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church said about Eucharistic communion with the Patriarchate of Constantinople due to its actions in Ukraine.

«Consistently defending the unity of Ukraine, striving for unity of the Ukrainian Church a few weeks ago the President of Ukraine initiated a meeting with all the bishops of the UOC, inviting them to a «Ukrainian house»… the President of Ukraine is ready for dialogue. Door «Ukrainian house» remain open», — wrote Tsegolko in Facebook.

According to him, the President intends to meet with the lords to «word of mouth heard about his talks with the Ecumenical Patriarch, the agreement between Ukraine and the Patriarchate of Constantinople and the readiness of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to promote the unification Council.»

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.

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 schism.

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