The Bishop of the UOC called Poroshenko a «persecutor of the Church»

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Metropolitan Zaporozhye and Melitopol Luke called Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko «modern persecutor of the Church», the Bishop of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church said in his video dedicated to the interrogation in SBU.

Luke said that on interrogation in the SBU he was called during the picket under the walls of the diocese, where supporters of the Ukraine Autocephalous Church shouted offensive slogans.

«When our Church showed the unity, 82 bishops clearly stated their position that they are for the current status of the UOC headed by his Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry, when we, so to speak, refused to go into the house, which bore the name of the persecutor of the Church (formerly the Ukrainian house, in question, was the Lenin Museum — approx. ed.) to meet the modern persecutor of the Church, it says only one thing — that people, those who are satisfied with it, on whose team it is all arranged, infected horrible sin,» said Luke.

Tuesday, November 13, in Kiev-Pechersk Lavra held a meeting of the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. It was expected that the meeting will come to Ukrainian President, which, however, was not at her. Thus, the UOC has declared readiness of the Council of bishops to meet with Poroshenko, but only on the Church grounds.

Later, the press Secretary of the President Svyatoslav Tsigalko reported that the Ukrainian leader after the collapse of the meeting with the bishops met with representatives of the canonical UOC in the building of Ukrainian house, where they were invited Poroshenko. According to Ukrainian media, at the meeting with the President of the country, there were only three representatives of the UOC.

On the same day the Council of bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church made a statement that the intervention of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in the internal Affairs of another local Church and attempts to resolve the Church question in Ukraine with participation of the state and dissenters were illegal and therefore invalid. The canonical Synod of the UOC has also declared the Eucharistic communion with Constantinople because of his actions in the country.

The Kiev authorities are seeking from the Patriarchate of Constantinople granting autocephaly to the non-canonical Church structures in Ukraine. In mid-October, Constantinople announced that beginning this procedure.

In particular, he abolished the act of 1686 on the transfer of the Kyiv Metropolitanate to the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate lifted the anathema imposed by the Russian Orthodox Church Philaret and Macarius.

In Kiev I hope that Constantinople will issue a Tomos of autocephaly already this year, but getting it will be only the Primate of the «United» Church. The canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church said it will not participate in the «unification Council».

The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has called the actions of Constantinople split and stopped Eucharistic communion with him. As stated by Metropolitan Hilarion, Constantinople lost its right to be called the coordinating centre of Orthodoxy.

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