The process of granting autocephaly to Ukraine imposed from outside, said in the UOC

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The process of granting of the Tomos of autocephaly is «artificial, imposed from the outside» and «does not reflect the inner need of the Church», says the decision of the Council of bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

«The Council of bishops stresses that the process of granting the so-called Tomos of autocephaly is artificial, imposed from the outside, does not reflect the domestic Church need not bring real Church unity and to deepen division and exacerbate conflict among the people of Ukraine. In such circumstances, the accession of the episcopate, clergy and laity of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in these processes believe is impossible,» — says the decision of the UOC Council, published on its website.

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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