UOC has commented on the decision of the Ministry of justice of Ukraine to take Pochaev Lavra

© Depositphotos / borisb17Свято Dormition Pochaiv Lavra. Archival photoUOC has commented on the decision of the Ministry of justice of Ukraine to take Pochaev Lavra© Depositphotos / borisb17

The decision of the Ukrainian Ministry of justice, abolished the transmission of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the complex of buildings of the Pochayiv Lavra, does not deprive the UOC the right to use monasteries, said the head of the legal Department of the UOC Archpriest Oleksandr bakhov in Facebook.

«The Pochayiv Lavra and in the future will be in legal and legitimate use of the brethren of the monastery of the UOC», — he wrote.

On the eve of the Ministry of justice revoked the state registration of rights UOC to use the facilities of the monastery — churches, bell tower, cells and so on. But, as explained by Bach, this decision does not cancel the usage agreement from 2003, and the right to use, purchased prior to 2013 is not subject to compulsory state registration.

«Therefore, the removal of such state registration shall not deprive the monastery of the UOC the right of use of buildings of Pochayiv Lavra», — writes FR.

He also did not rule out that the decision of the Ministry of justice can be appealed in court.

The question of Church property in Ukraine escalated amid Church opposition. In mid-November police in Ternopil region opened a criminal case on suspicion of illegal transfer of buildings of the Pochayiv monastery to the use of UOC in 2003.

The situation of the UOC

In October, the Ecumenical Patriarchate announced the beginning of the process of granting autocephaly churches in Ukraine. He cancelled the decree of 1686 on the transfer of the Kyiv Metropolitanate to the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate, said the restoration of its stavropigio (subordination directly to the Patriarch) to Kiev and took the anathema imposed by the Russian Orthodox Church on the Ukrainian schismatics — the head of the «Kiev Patriarchate» Filaret Denisenko and leader of the non-canonical Ukrainian Autocephalous Church Macarius of Miletich.

In the ROC these actions are called split and severed Eucharistic communion with Constantinople, which, as stated by Metropolitan Hilarion, has lost the right to be called the coordinating centre of Orthodoxy.

Kyiv authorities expect that Constantinople until the end of the year will issue a Tomos of autocephaly to the Primate of the «United Church», which is yet to choose on the «unification Council». Date of the event, which initiated the secular authorities and non-canonical Church structures, is not yet known.

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church refused to participate in the «unification Council» and called it unacceptable that attempts to solve the question of the Church with the participation of public authorities and dissenters. However, she also severed Eucharistic communion with Constantinople.

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