The Orthodox Church believes that Kiev «is not enough monks» of the Pochaev Lavra

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Schismatic non-canonical Church structures in Ukraine will not be able to find a sufficient number of monks to populate them Pochaev Lavra, if it will expel the current of the brethren of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, said RIA Novosti Deputy Chairman of the Department for external Church relations (DECR) of the Moscow Patriarchate Archpriest Nikolai Balashov, commenting on the decision of the Ministry of justice of Ukraine on cancellation of the transfer of a number of buildings of the Pochayiv Lavra in the use of the UOC.

«Imagine that the monks of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church managed from Pochaev Lavra to drive, although this is a very difficult task. And what of her people? Even if the Filaret’s churchmen and Autocephalous will close all of its monasteries and otmobilizuet in Pochaiv all its small monk — it’s not enough! From the canonical Church of Ukraine monastics 20 times more than the other two dissenters «churches» together,» — said Balashov.

He added that we are talking about the fate of millions of believers who are devoted to their churches and their shrines. «Power is clearly overestimated their strength, proclaiming the majority of its citizens strangers in their own country,» — said the Agency interlocutor.

Recently the Ministry of justice of Ukraine announced that it has deprived the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the right of use of buildings of Pochayiv Lavra, transferred to it in 2003. The head of the legal Department of the UOC Archpriest Oleksandr bakhov, said that the decision of the Ministry of justice can be appealed in court. According to him, the Pochaiv Lavra, and in the future will be in legal and legitimate use of the brethren of the monastery of the UOC, since the abolition of state registration does not deprive the monastery of the UOC the right to use the facilities.

The Deputy head of the DECR noted that the so-called one Church is not yet created, but «the basis for further enforcement action needed to drive her Ukrainian believers, the monks, the clergy, already prepared ahead of time». «Because the representatives of the current government are well aware of the volunteer in this campaign the project of Peter Poroshenko, one of the true Orthodoxy is not going to join. Prepare and dissenters: no wonder Filaret Denisenko is already included in your ceremonial title the post «the father superior of the Pochaev Lavra». All this portends the inevitable growth of religious conflicts and chaos in Ukraine», — said the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church.

According to him, the expected ruling circles «Tomos», if received, will bring to Ukraine not the world, but new clashes, and not unity, and the «double split». «Yes, that will happen whether the phenomenon of «Thomas»? Will the dissenters to agree at least with each other and «rehabilitate» their Fanara? Yet we only hear new and new spells that «Tomos closer,» — said Balashov.

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 ROC I 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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