Officials decline Nizhyn eparchy of the UOC for the transition to the «one Church»

© Photo : Synodally informatino-protii vddl optitronic the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church at the residence of the Metropolitan of Krivoy Rog and Nikopol Ephraim in the city of Krivoy Rog, UkraineOfficials decline Nizhyn eparchy of the UOC for the transition to the «one Church»© Photo : Synodally informatino-protii vddl UOC

Local officials of Nizhyn Chernihiv region attempted to force the clergy of the diocese of Nizhyn of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to go to non-canonical Church that plans to hold a «unification Council» is necessary to receive the Tomos. About the incident said Wednesday the Secretary of the Nizhyn eparchy Valeri Dashko.

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, the date of which has yet to be announced. This canonical UOC said that is not going to participate in this event.

«On Monday came 10 people in our Nizhyn eparchy administration. They claimed to be representatives of the public, but most of them held public office… They are shouting surrounded our employees of our diocesan administration, they accused them of various sins, are completely unfounded accusations. Wanted to force our members to go to the so-called single Church which is not and will not understand it at all,» said Dashko in the TV channel «112 Ukraine».

According to him, the officials accused the parishioners and clergy of lack of patriotism, as well as in supporting a «fratricidal war.» Dashko said that the priests did not go to the police.

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 Constantinople Patriarchate on the canonical territory of the ROC. The Synod 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.