Pochayiv Lavra has accused Kiev of attempts to destroy monasticism in the West of Ukraine

© RIA Novosti / Fred Greenbergian in fotobanka Dormition Pochaiv Lavra. Archival photoPochayiv Lavra has accused Kiev of attempts to destroy monasticism in the West of Ukraine© RIA Novosti / Fred Greenbergian the image Bank

The Ukrainian government, the decision of the Ministry of justice by depriving of the UOC of the right of use of buildings of the Pochayiv Lavra headed to the removal of the laurels of the property and transfer it novoobrazovany Church organization, and as a consequence, the destruction of monasticism in Western Ukraine, said in a statement on the website of the Pochayiv Lavra.

Recently the Ministry of justice of Ukraine reported that deprived of the UOC-MP right of use of buildings of Pochayiv Lavra passed to the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church in 2003.

«We have to say that at the present time the current Ukrainian government, have embarked on seizure of property from the Pochayiv monastery and transfer it novoobrazovany Church organization, and as a consequence, the destruction of monasticism in Western Ukraine», — reads the statement on the website of the Pochayiv Lavra.

The statement also notes that the Pochaiv city Council refused to comply with legitimate court decision requiring transfer of the Holy Dormition Pochayiv Lavra land for the maintenance of fraternal buildings.

«It is worth noting that since 2000 this is the third attempt to turn the Shrine into a Museum. We believe that similar goals are trying to achieve and the prosecution, which in a short period of time, filed several baseless criminal cases. In the context of deprivation of rights of use we are talking about the place of residence 50 200 monks and novices – people,» says Laura.

The question of Church property in Ukraine escalated amid Church opposition. Earlier, the Ukrainian authorities announced a criminal case because of Church buildings, the police Ternopil region opened a case on suspicion of allegedly illegal transfer in 2003, the buildings of Pochayiv Lavra in the use of the UOC. Holy Dormition monastery located in Pochaev of Ternopil region, is the largest Orthodox temple complex in Western Ukraine, the second in the country after Kiev-Pechersk Lavra. Since 1997 the monastery is in the jurisdiction of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

The canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church has repeatedly reported on the harassment of priests and grabs the temples by the representatives of the non-canonical religious structures. In particular, in 2014-2016, the UOC lost 40 temples. In addition, in the database, the infamous Ukrainian site of the «Peacemaker» made the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Onuphrius, and the Governor of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra Metropolitan Vyshgorod and Chernobyl Paul.

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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