Poroshenko called the head of the UOC and Crick required to «back down» on autocephaly

© Photo : Upstatenyer Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Kiev. Archive photoPoroshenko called the head of the UOC and Crick required to «back down» on autocephaly© Photo : UOC

The reluctance of the Primate of the UOC Onuphrius to deviate from the canons of the Church in the question of autocephaly angered the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, reported the online edition of «Country» referring to a source in the UOC.

Metropolitan Onufry the head of state held a «very emotional» phone conversation about the meeting place. The Primate of the UOC was calm, and the President «so loudly into the phone that his words reached many were in the hall of bishops.»

In particular, it was heard that Poroshenko demanded from the Bishop Onuphrius «to back out» on the issue of autocephaly. In response to the review of Metropolitan Onufriy on the occasion the phone came the irritated voice of the President: «What are the canons! What are the canons!»

The Meeting Of The Synod

On the eve of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra held a meeting of the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. It was assumed that in a large meeting with bishops, will attend Poroshenko, but he never came.

Thus, the UOC announced that the Council of bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is ready to meet with Poroshenko, but only on the Church grounds. Poroshenko said he was willing to meet only in the proposed location.

According to sources, on the eve of the Cathedral in the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Metropolitan Onufry delivered a letter from the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew, which contained a Directive to the bishops of the Church in full force to attend the meeting with the President. According to the newspaper, the father ignored the letter because they do not recognize the authority of Constantinople over the Ukrainian Church.

The situation of the UOC

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 must 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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