ROC called the searches in the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra «acts of intimidation»

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In the Moscow Patriarchate associate the searches in the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra with a firm refusal of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to participate in the «unification Council» and believe that such «acts of intimidation» against the UOC every day will become more and more, said RIA Novosti Deputy Chairman of the DECR MP Archpriest Nikolai Balashov.

Earlier the security service of Ukraine reported that conducting searches at the residence of the Abbot of the Holy Dormition Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra Metropolitan Paul.

«When the President announces the members of the Church, which unites most believers in the country, unwelcome in the Ukrainian land, and in yesterday’s video message has resorted to unseemly accusations against the Church, when the state acts confirming the right of the monastic community to use the buildings of the Pochayiv monastery, when in the caves of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra the representatives of the state authorities carried out the seizure of property, when the bishops and priests of the Ukrainian Church, one by one called in for «conversations» in the SBU, when, at last, in the house of the steward of the largest monastery of the country, Kiev-Pechersk Lavra carry out a search — all this testifies to the growing campaign of pressure on «disobedient» Ukrainian Orthodox Church» — said Balashov.

The Deputy head of the Department reminded that the canonical position of the bishops of the Church are still not allowed to set a date for the so-called unification of the Cathedral. So, he noted, «slowed down the implementation of the political plan that underlies the election campaign of Petro Poroshenko.»

«I guess after yesterday ended a session of the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople such acts of intimidation aimed at suppressing the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, the day will become more and more. Sad that our Orthodox brothers of the Patriarchate of Constantinople actually began on one side with the persecutors of the Church», — concluded the Agency interlocutor.

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 Poroshenko Rostyslav Pavlenko went 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.