Lawyers help Pochaev Lavra to protect the right to property

© RIA Novosti / Fred Greenbergian in fotobanka Dormition Pochaiv Lavra. Archival photoLawyers help Pochaev Lavra to protect the right to property© RIA Novosti / Fred Greenbergian the image Bank

Lawyers «the Opposition platform for life» help the Pochaev Lavra to protect the right to property, claims of appeal decisions on deprivation of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the right of use of buildings of the monastery is ready, said Monday the Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Yuriy Boyko put forward in presidents of Ukraine.

Earlier, the Ministry of justice of Ukraine deprived of the UOC of the right of use of buildings of Pochayiv Lavra. As stated in the ROC, against the Pochaiv monastery testify to the intimidation by the authorities of Ukraine believers. In addition, the security service of Ukraine November 30 held at the place of residence of the Abbot of the Holy Dormition Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra Metropolitan Paul searches. The Metropolitan said that the authorities are trying to put him under political pressure.

According to the Deputy, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko uses the Church theme as an element of the electoral program. «He does Church conflict in the country, the split in the country, makes the problem for all believers. Our lawyers are currently working with representatives of the Pochaev Lavra, to protect the right to use the believers of all these buildings that are under threat that they will be taken away from believers. We help them in the courts, lawsuits are already ready and soon sent to the courts,» — said the TV channel 112 Ukraine Boyko.

He also believes that the Ukrainian authorities are trying to exert pressure on the UOC. «Begin the searches of Bishop Paul. That is, there is pressure on the Ukrainian canonical Church. Despite statements of the authorities that they do not interfere in the Affairs of the Church. The government is trying to drive the faithful of the Ukrainian canonical Church to another Church, and putting pressure,» — said Boyko.

Earlier, the Ukrainian authorities, including the President, have 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. 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.