The Abbot of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra said about the political pressure from the authorities

© Photo : the Synodal information Department Optamistic of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra Metropolitan Paul. Archive photoThe Abbot of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra said about the political pressure from the authorities© Photo : the Synodal information Department of the UOC

The Abbot of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra Metropolitan Pavel said that the Ukrainian authorities are trying to put him under political pressure but he did not recognise any of the Church except the canonical Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

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

«This is political pressure on me. Tonight I called people and said, «Hold on and never surrender the Church.» The state I haven’t and don’t change, what I want you,» said Metropolitan Paul on the briefing, which was broadcast channel 112 Ukraine.

The Metropolitan said that the pressure on him from all sides. The Abbot of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra noted that he is «in the Holy Catholic and Apostolic canonical Church, Another Church I do not recognize», — he stressed.

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.

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 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.