Signed in Ukraine Memorandum says about the plight of the UOC-MP
Milena Faustova. The appearance in Rivne region Memorandum calling for the establishment of a single local Ukrainian Orthodox Church, " evidence of a difficult situation, which today are the Western diocese of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, said Last news the head of the Synodal information Department of the Russian Orthodox Church (of the Synodal information Department Vladimir Legoida.
first it was announced that on November 13, at the initiative of local authorities in Rivne oblast issued a document calling for the establishment of a single local Ukrainian Orthodox Church ". Together with the head of Rivne gosubloggeraustralia, representatives of unrecognized in the Orthodox world of the Kyivan Patriarchate (KP) and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church and the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, the paper was signed and two bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Sarny and Polesie Anatoly and Metropolitan and Ostrog, Rivne Bartholomew.
" This document only confirms the extremely grave situation, which today are the faithful of the diocese and of the canonical Orthodox Church in Western Ukraine. Crystal clear that such documents are signed under fierce political pressure, " said Legoida.
before the UOC-MP has already told me that, most likely, Orthodox hierarchs document was signed under pressure from the schismatic structures. In a public statement notes the head of the information Department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Bishop of Irpin Clement, for example, reported that " the so-called Kyivan Patriarchate open aggression split in Ukrainian society, trying to receive dividends from the complex political situation and national grief ".
Clement called cynical attempts of the Kyiv Patriarchate " using administrative resources to make the bishops of the UOC to pretend that the region lacks a gross violation of the rights of Orthodox believers. According to him, " every day in the address of the Kyiv metropolis appeals to residents of the woodlands, Volhynia and Galicia, who are deprived of the constitutional right to religious beliefs ". In explanation stated that the Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine Onuphrios refers to all believers with the call to preserve the unity and to protect " has been transmitted to us through the centuries Local Orthodox Church from aggression and division ". In the Kyivan Metropolitanate stressed that the signing of this Memorandum was not the blessings of the clergy of the UOC.
on his part, Vladimir Legoyda expressed surprise at the presence of Rivne Memorandum signature messenger of the Greek Catholic Church of Ukraine, calling it " canonical nonsense ".
" If the Greek Catholics proclaim the necessity of creating a single local Church with his participation, perhaps most importantly, they are obliged to announce to stop all sorts of liturgical and canonical communion with the Holy see, must stop to remember the Pope for his own worship. On another it is not clear their participation in this process. This is the canonical nonsense, nonsense, " added the head of the Department.