No one can interfere in the Affairs of the «Autocephalous» Church, said in Kiev

© AFP 2018 / Ozan Conlmittee of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. Archival photoNo one can interfere in the Affairs of the «Autocephalous» Church, said in Kiev© 2018 AFP / Ozan Kose

Advisor to the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko Rostyslav Pavlenko believes that no one, not even the Patriarch of Constantinople, will not be able to interfere in the Affairs of the Church in the case of Ukraine’s autocephaly.

Earlier, the Ukrainian authorities, including President Petro Poroshenko, has declared that do not intend to interfere in the Affairs of the Church, but do it all the time. So, despite promises, Poroshenko made from Constantinople the recognition of non-canonical Church in Ukraine, which the Russian Orthodox Church called schismatic. Rada of Ukraine adopted the law on the transfer of St. Andrew’s Church the Patriarchate of Constantinople. Later, the Ministry of justice of Ukraine was deprived of the canonical UOC right of use of buildings of Pochayiv Lavra in Kiev. Action against the Pochaiv monastery testify to the intimidation of believers by the authorities of Ukraine, stated in the ROC. He Pavlenko previously traveled to Istanbul to observe the Synod and meet with the Patriarch of Constantinople on the question of autocephaly.

«This Tomos is fairly standard… the Basic idea is to declare an independent Church from the time of delivery. No one, including the Ecumenical Patriarch cannot interfere in the internal Affairs of this Church,» said in an interview to Ukrainian TV channel «Direct» Pavlenko.

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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