The expert said the reasons for the haste convene a «unifying Council» in Ukraine

© RIA Novosti / Stringreplace in fotomontajes Church in Kiev. Archival photoThe expert said the reasons for the haste convene a «unifying Council» in Ukraine© RIA Novosti / Stringreplace the image Bank

The intention of the organizers of the so-called unification Cathedral in Ukraine to carry it by 22 November, as soon as possible and without proper preparation, due to the fact that we are talking about the process of «not purely ecclesiastical, but political,» said RIA Novosti member of the Synodal biblical-theological Commission of the Russian Orthodox Church, a political analyst Arkady Maler.

Earlier, the Ukrainian edition of the «Voice of UA» reported that the representative of Constantinople will arrive on Thursday in Kiev for the preparation of the Church’s «unifying Council», scheduled for November 22. The outcome of the Assembly will be presented at the session of the Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, which will take place 28-30 November. At its completion, stated in the material, Tomos signed by Patriarch Bartholomew, will present the Primate of the new Church structure.

«I think it’s real, because now the main task Fanara (place of residence of the Patriarch of Constantinople — ed.) and Kiev Raskolnikov is as quickly as possible to drive the horses, because there are elections in the Ukraine and they need to get done before the re-election of President (Peter) Poroshenko. Now for them this is a historic opportunity, while Poroshenko is in power,» said Mahler.

According to him, any difference in this case is the fact that the position of the representatives of the non-canonical Church structures in Ukraine, intends to participate in the Cathedral does not at all consistent, not even a draft Charter for the new «one Church» and not carried out other preparatory work.

«Indeed, so fast Cathedrals are not going this process to keep at least a semblance of canonicity, must have extensive training, including a documentary. Must be some repeated «advice» from a clergy, with the laity and so on… But you know what it is: we are now in a situation when Patriarch Bartholomew, in its decision initially introduced Ukraine as a whole, that is, in a state of emergency. What he did is unprecedented in Church history, even the analogues were not. And we must understand that we are now dealing with the process is not purely ecclesiastical, but political,» said Mahler.

Therefore, he added, Constantinople, the Ukrainian authorities and dissenters «in General, anyway, what are the legitimate criteria of the Tomos that the autocephaly will be provided, you just need all of this issue».

«So I think it will all be done in a hurry, as quickly as possible. And it is clear that the fate of this education will be very unenviable, and in the history of the Church it will be a bright page how politicians tried to interfere in Church Affairs. It will be kind of quasicircular structure, main idea of which is the struggle against Russia and which will be shunned by all local Orthodox churches», — concluded the expert.

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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