SBU summoned for interrogation on 14 priests of the UOC

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The security service of Ukraine (SBU) summoned the 14 priests Rovno and Sarny dioceses of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, reported on the website of the diocese of Rivne of the UOC.

«Fourteen priests of the Rovno and Sarny dioceses of the UOC received the agenda from the security service in Rivne region. The fifth of December at 10.00 (11.00 Moscow time) they all arrived for questioning at the security service (SBU office in Rivne — ed.). What specifically charged with the clergy of two dioceses, is currently unknown», — stated in the message.

He’s out of questioning, on the website of the diocese not specified.

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.

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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