With the split of the Church in Ukraine is Poroshenko, said Volodin

© AFP 2018 / Yasin AkgulПрезидент of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. Archival photoWith the split of the Church in Ukraine is Poroshenko, said Volodin© AFP 2018 / Yasin Akgul

With the split of the Church in Ukraine is the President of the country Petro Poroshenko, who on the eve of elections 31 March 2019 is trying to retain power by any means, including using the Church for political intrigues, the Chairman of the state Duma Vyacheslav Volodin.

Following the meeting of the Synod KPTS on Thursday did not accept the decision on carrying out in December, «unification Council» to provide Ukraine autocephaly, when it adopted the draft Charter of the Church. As reported RIA Novosti, the President of the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (IAO), the Deputy of the state Duma Sergey Gavrilov at the meeting in Istanbul, Patriarch Bartholomew expressed the opinion that the «unification Council» will be held in December. The final decision should accept the Synod.

«Yesterday’s decision of the Patriarchate of Constantinople encouraged the actions of the Ukrainian authorities, who are destroying peace and harmony in Ukraine and are clearly politicized. Today, it became obvious that the split of the Church in Ukraine is Petro Poroshenko, who thus uses the Church in his political intrigues, while trying to maintain personal power in the eve of the election campaign, where he has no chances», — said Volodin told reporters.

He also noted that any interference in Church Affairs and attempts to impose new approaches in matters of faith and tragic end will not bring peace to the Ukrainian people.

«The people who came to power in a coup, build its policy on the destruction of the values and practices that for centuries had United peoples of Ukraine and Russia. Taking into account the given Poroshenko the military situation in 10 regions of Ukraine, where he has no support, these steps fit into the logic of his election campaign, which is based on removing any opponents, as it is done for them with the introduction of the ban on the use of the Russian language, the ban on the entry of citizens of Russia and the division of the citizens of Ukraine on their own and others», — said Volodin.

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.

With the split of the Church in Ukraine is Poroshenko, said Volodin© RIA Novosti, Integratiebeleid in fotobanka in the Orthodox world: to be or not to be