Paruby: martial law will not prevent to hold a «unity Council»

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Introduction in Ukraine of martial law after the incident in the Black sea will not prevent the holding of the «unification Council», said Tuesday the speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Andrew Parubiy.

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Monday approved the decree of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on the introduction of martial law in some areas of the country for 30 days, after the Ukrainian Navy ships violated the border of Russia in the Black sea and was detained by Russian ships. Initially, Poroshenko proposed to introduce martial law throughout Ukraine for 60 days, late by 30 days in order to avoid disruption of the presidential elections on 31 March 2019.

«The introduction of martial law will not prevent the holding of a unification of the Synod of bishops. I urge Patriarch Bartholomew as soon as possible to carry out the Cathedral in Kiev, and we guarantee the safety of this Cathedral,» wrote Parubiy on Twitter.

Despite promises Poroshenko that neither he nor the government would not intervene in the Affairs of the Church, the facts of participation of the Ukrainian authorities in Church Affairs marked regularly. On Tuesday, the Advisor to the Ukrainian President Rostislav Pavlenko visited Istanbul, where 27-29 November, is a Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and discussed with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the events in Ukraine and about the final steps to receive the Tomos of autocephaly. Previously Poroshenko, despite his promises, made from Constantinople the recognition of non-canonical Church in Ukraine, which the Russian Orthodox Church called schismatic.

Ukrainian authorities 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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