In Ukraine, the opposition accused the authorities of creating a «Church Poroshenko»

© AFP 2018 / Yasin AkgulПрезидент of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. Archival photoIn Ukraine, the opposition accused the authorities of creating a «Church Poroshenko»© AFP 2018 / Yasin Akgul

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, enhances the attack on the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, the purpose of this pressure on the representatives of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to force them to unite with the representatives of the non-canonical Church structures in the creation of «one Church», said the head of the faction «Opposition bloc» in the Verkhovna Rada Vadim Novinsky.

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. Also were searched in the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra.

«President Poroshenko strengthens the attack on the Ukrainian Orthodox Church,» wrote on his page in Facebook Novinsky.

According to him, in recent weeks, there is «an unprecedented pressure on law enforcement representatives of the hierarchy and priesthood of our Mother Church.» Novinsky believes that the only goal is to make «to commit treason and go from the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church by the administration of the President of the so-called «Church Poroshenko».

«But such personal attack power is not limited. In parallel, at the request of the Ministry of culture, the past few days as started doubtful from the point of view of the law an inventory of the property of the Holy Dormition Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra», — wrote Novinsky.

In his opinion, one of the purposes of the imposition of martial law could be «seamlessly capture the temples and property of the UOC, until the capture of Laurel – Pechersk and Pochaev».

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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