SBU has confirmed the searches in the Zhytomyr and Ovruch dioceses of the UOC

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The security service of Ukraine (SBU) conducted eight searches in Zhytomyr and Ovruch dioceses of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, have informed in a press-Department service.

Monday informational and educational Department of UOC-MP reported the searches in the churches and homes of the priests in the Zhytomyr region.

«In the framework of the initiated criminal proceedings under article 161 of the Criminal code of Ukraine («violation of equality of citizens depending on their race, national origin, religious belief, disability and other characteristics» — ed.) law enforcement officers conducted eight searches in religious institutions, at the place of residence of the individual representatives of these dioceses, and in the Kiev publishing house, which published printed materials on the order of the UOC. The pretrial investigation proceeds», — is spoken in the message of the press service of the SBU.

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. 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 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.

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.

SBU has confirmed the searches in the Zhytomyr and Ovruch dioceses of the UOC© RIA Novosti, Integratiebeleid in fotobanka in the Orthodox world: to be or not to be

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