The expert praised the recent media project of the Charter of the «United Church» in Ukraine

© AFP 2018 / Ozan Conlmittee of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. Archival photoThe expert praised the recent media project of the Charter of the «United Church» in Ukraine© 2018 AFP / Ozan Kose

Published in the Ukrainian and Greek media the project of the Charter «one local Church» in Ukraine shows that we are not talking about full independence of the new structure and the «docked enough autonomy» in the composition of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, says an expert on the history of the Church in Ukraine, Professor of the St. Tikhon Orthodox humanitarian University Vladislav parsley.

The Greek Church news Agency has previously published one page of the draft Charter of the Church of Ukraine, which was approved by the Synod of the Constantinople Patriarchate at the meeting of 27-29 November. According to the publication, the new «United Church» of Ukraine, probably, will be created on the model of the Cretan – its head is Metropolitan and not a Patriarch. The Church of Crete is semi-Autonomous, it is subject to the Patriarch of Constantinople, its head bears the title of Archbishop.

In the draft of the Charter, reported by some Ukrainian media, said that «the Ukrainian Church» can receive the chrism only from Istanbul and it will be «inextricably linked» with the Patriarchate of Constantinople. The Council of bishops of the new Church in global issues to communicate with the Patriarch of Constantinople, to inform her of your decision. «One local Church» also can not canonize its saints, and will submit their names to Constantinople for approval, the draft contains several other requirements.

«What was published — it is not clear from what source, how it fits reality, but if it is, then, of course, we are not talking about any Autocephalous Church, and some quite scanty autonomy, and, apparently, originally, the term «autocephaly» Poroshenko and Patriarch Bartholomew understand completely different things,» said parsley RIA Novosti.

He drew attention to the fact that in antiquity and in the middle ages the term «autocephaly» was used «is not in the current understanding of local, totally independent of the Church.» «And in this case we are talking about this interpretation of autocephaly, which means it’s still rather Autonomous status within the Patriarchate of Constantinople, albeit with some fairly broad rights. But it’s not a local, independent Church that has been much trumpeted government and they expected that as a political attribute of its independence», — said the expert.

In his opinion, for them this fact will be «definitely disappointed». As explained parsley, to miró from Constantinople to commemorate the Patriarch of Constantinople is «all such signs which, to put it mildly, not be the signs completely independent of the Church.»

He noted that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has much broader rights than those that are going to provide this so-called one local Church.

«It turns out that made great havoc in the Church life of Ukraine for this kind of stuff is absolutely worthless… In General, nothing new is purchased, except for one thing: this Church will be completely cut off from Moscow, is likely to be a conduit of ideology of nationalism and Russophobia. In this sense, Yes, «purchasing», of course, will be, but about autocephaly to say here is not necessary», — concluded the parsley.

The expert praised the recent media project of the Charter of the «United Church» in Ukraine© RIA Novosti, Integratiebeleid in fotobanka in the Orthodox world: to be or not to be