In Zhytomyr region police seized the priests of the drives and computers

© Photo : Orthodox Juznobacki in the diocesan offices, churches and homes of the priests of the UOC ZhytomyrIn Zhytomyr region police seized the priests of the drives and computers© Photo : Orthodox Life

Ukrainian police seized flash drives, computers and printed materials during searches of churches and houses of priests of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) in the Zhytomyr region, the head of the Department of communication of the police Department in Zhytomyr region Alla Vashchenko.

Monday informational and educational Department of UOC-MP reported the searches in the churches and homes of the priests in the Zhytomyr region. The security service of Ukraine (SBU) confirmed this information. On Tuesday, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church stated that they intend to appeal the actions of the SBU and to appeal to the international community in connection with searches and interrogations of priests, because the Ukrainian authorities want to force the bishops of the Church to participate in the so-called «unification Council».

«Eight authorized searches at the premises of several dioceses… Seized a large quantity of electronic media: flash drives, computers, and printed materials», – quotes the words Vashchenko Agency UNN.

Before Zhytomyr region began mass searches in cathedrals, the diocesan office, temples and houses of priests, the security Service of Ukraine 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. In early December, as reported in the UOC, the SBU summoned the clergy of the diocese of Sarny, in particular of Archimandrite Hilarion.

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.

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