The Pochayiv Lavra called reports of links with the Russian special services slander

© Depositphotos / borisb17Свято Dormition Pochaiv Lavra. Archival photoThe Pochayiv Lavra called reports of links with the Russian special services slander© Depositphotos / borisb17

Information on cooperation for the protection of the Holy Dormition Pochaev Lavra with representatives of the Russian special services is a slander, said on Thursday the representative of the Lavra Hierodeacon Cornelius.

Earlier, the deputies from «Blok Petro Poroshenko» stated that the protection of the laurels of cooperating with Russian special services.

«It’s all slander. All the guards of the Pochayiv Lavra are the citizens of Ukraine have the Ukrainian passport and residence permit. Why do these people spread slander in Pochaev Lavra? The Lord will judge them. Do not pay attention to it,» said Cornelius in the petition posted on the Youtube channel laurels.

Pochayiv Holy Dormition monastery — the biggest Orthodox temple complex and monastery in the Western Ukraine and the second in Ukraine after Kiev-Pechersk Lavra. Laurel treated Kremenetski and Ternopil diocese of the UOC, but on Wednesday, the Ministry of justice of Ukraine canceled the decision to transfer the complex and returned it to the Kremenecko-Pochayiv state historic and architectural reserve.

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. Advisor to the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko Rostyslav Pavlenko previously traveled to Istanbul to observe the Synod and meet with the Patriarch of Constantinople on the question of autocephaly.

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.

The Pochayiv Lavra called reports of links with the Russian special services slander© RIA Novosti / Vitaly Policypro Autocephalous