Bartholomew is afraid to give the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church, said the expert

© AP Photo / Lefteris PitarakisПатриарх Bartholomew. Archival photoBartholomew is afraid to give the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church, said the expert© AP Photo / Lefteris Pitarakis

Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople feared to grant the Tomos of autocephaly «one Church» in Ukraine, the President of the Interparliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy, the Deputy of the state Duma Sergey Gavrilov.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday declared that «the unification» Church Council held on December 15 in Kyiv. The Church is expected to proclaim the establishment of the Autocephalous local Orthodox Church in Ukraine, approve its Charter and elect the Primate. The project Charter was approved at the Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople from 27 to 29 November. However, judging by the publications, the new Church will be strongly limited in the rights — will not be able to decide important questions, to canonize saints, to cook the chrism for the sacrament of confirmation. The effect on Ukraine of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate is completely Autonomous and takes decisions independently.

At the end of November Gavrilov met with the Patriarch of Constantinople in Istanbul. According to him, the Patriarch — the man is very careful and clever, so «he rightly feared to grant rights in the real autocephaly of the schismatic churches of the Association, with the active involvement of nationalist elements in Ukraine.»

«It is clear that they can get out of control. There are fears that they will be able to pursue an independent policy in which extremist motives will dominate over the religious. I understand that he (the Patriarch — ed.) is unlikely to want to build a radical nationalist political party called the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. And so, as I understand it, the decision was taken to restrict new Church be limited to Metropolitan, to impose restrictions in the causes of saints» — he said RIA Novosti.

Gavrilov believes that «there are serious concerns that the Ukrainian side will encourage and support the capture of churches and violence against the Orthodox believers and priests.» «The question is whether Patriarch Bartholomew to stop the chaos that is happening in Ukraine», — he said. Thus, according to him, «in conditions of martial law is very difficult to talk about ensuring the rights of citizens, including in the framework of the international Convention of civil and political rights to freedom of conscience.»

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 is scheduled for 15 December in the capital of the country. 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 the division.Bartholomew is afraid to give the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church, said the expert© RIA Novosti, Integratiebeleid in fotobanka in the Orthodox world: to be or not to be