In the UOC called SBU groundless accusations addressed to the priests of treason

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In the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has called groundless accusations against priests of treason and inciting sectarian strife.

Earlier, the SBU caused the 14 priests Sarny-Rivne Polissya and dioceses. UOC has announced that they are charged with two articles — treason and inciting sectarian strife.

«They (the prosecution – ed.) are without any Foundation. Hung quite flimsy labels, is given second-class citizens. We are trying to put are not patriots, they say that we don’t love Ukraine, we need to go somewhere. We actually love their country and defend its interests. However, we have an ironclad Orthodox position», — stated in the message information Department of the UOC.

SBU beginning of the Church the conflict in Ukraine has been repeatedly summoned for questioning the clergy of the UOC. So, in early December, was caused by the priests of the diocese of Sarny, in particular, Archimandrite Hilarion. On Monday, the secret service raided the churches and homes of the priests in the Zhytomyr region. UOC has declared that intend to appeal against 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».

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. Later, the Ministry of justice of Ukraine was deprived of the canonical UOC right of use of buildings of Pochayiv Lavra in Kiev. 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 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.In the UOC called SBU groundless accusations addressed to the priests of treason© RIA Novosti, Integratiebeleid in fotobanka in the Orthodox world: to be or not to be