Demonstrated by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko choice in favor of not recognized by the international Orthodox-Kyiv Patriarchate is not obliged to contribute to the strengthening of provocations against the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC), says Secretary for inter-Orthodox relations of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Archpriest Igor Yakimchuk.
On Tuesday, when the Slavic peoples celebrate the baptism of Russia, Poroshenko visited the Liturgy In the Vladimir Cathedral, the main Church, the so-called Kiev Patriarchate, which served as the head of the UOC-KP, Patriarch Filaret. For its part, the Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine Onufry, the head of the UOC of the Moscow Patriarchate, on this Day, led the service in the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra with the participation of commissioners Bulgarian, Polish, Romanian and other Slavic Orthodox Churches.
after the Ukrainian Authorities began in April 2014 in the Donbass military operation against dissatisfied with the coup d'etat of residents of the region, a series of attacks on churches and priests of the UOC-MP. At the moment of the fighting damaged or completely destroyed about 70 temples of the canonical Church, about 23 churches seized by the representatives of the so-called Kiev Patriarchate, committed several murders and attacks on priests of the UOC.
"We hope that will be achieved legitimacy. Power on and exist to support the legitimacy of the state. She is saved and for all the Ministers of the Church: they must be under protection of the law, " Yakimchuk said Fins news .
according to his statement, the Church welcomes all who come to her, and if he does not come, then much damage She does not feel "." The Church is guided not by politicians who come and go, but the people. For this reason, nothing serious not observed ", - concluded the head of the Department.
now in Ukraine there are several Churches of the Orthodox rite is recognized by all the local Orthodox churches of the UOC-MP and the UOC-Kyiv Patriarchate, the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC), Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.
in 1992, Metropolitan Filaret (Denysenko), who occupied Kiev before the pulpit, and After the death of the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Pimen in 1990 was elected Locum Tenens of the Patriarchal throne, not content provided by the Ukrainian Church independence and autonomy in the management of the Moscow Patriarchate, first asked in a persistent form for her autocephaly, but, not having received no consent, created and legally registered so-called Kiev Patriarchate. None of the canonical local Orthodox Churches, its legality is not recognized.
UAOC - canonical unrecognized Orthodox Church of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Diaspora in the European Union and America.
The Kyivan Patriarchate and the UAOC, with the assistance of the political authorities for more than 2 decades, demand the recognition of their legitimacy.