UOC concerned about the rising number of seizures of temples in connection with speculations around the Tomos of autocephaly

Talk of a possible granting of the Tomos of autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyiv Patriarchate, is not quenched for several months. Patriarch Bartholomew or the representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate is not given a clear answer: when will be granted autocephaly, and whether this can happen. However, in the UOC are sure Thomas will not be because the Kyiv Patriarchate is not the canonical Church, as representatives of the local churches of other States.

“Tomos requests can only Blajenniy Onufry, but he is known, not addressed and not asked for. And Michael Denisenko – he is a schismatic. He deposed of canonical unity,” – said the Bishop morawicki (Serbian Orthodox Church), Metropolitan Anthony.

The clergy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has repeatedly warned that autocephaly is not a cure for the existing in Ukraine the Church split, even on the contrary: instead of trying to solve this problem, only create new ones.

“Already from the mouth, for example, supporters of the Kyiv Patriarchate, there is an appeal, that will be created if the so-called single local Church, it is necessary to pass the temples, the main Shrine pass”, – said managing Director of the UOC Metropolitan Anthony.

We are talking about the property, the churches, the monasteries, about what it will take, take away etc. the Usual raiding, all the material … and the God of speech is not there”, – said the Chairman of the Synodal information-educational Department of the UOC Archbishop Clement.

In particular, emphasize the clergy, we are talking about two of the greatest Orthodox shrines of Ukraine: Kyiv-Pechersky and pochayevskaya Laurels, which supposedly can be given under the patronage of the Kyiv Patriarchate, if he will get Tomos.

To capture the temples began in 2014, say the experts. Even before the announcement by the authorities of the so-called “autocephaly” and is still on the territory of Ukraine occupied for about seventy temples of the UOC.

“Today, the raiders found a common language with the government. Don’t know what they promised the public authorities, which is contrary to all laws and state and the secular, and the laws of logic intervenes in the matter of religion – I don’t know. But what motivated the entire just after the financial part is – it’s true,” – says political analyst Pavel Karnazytsky.

In the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Express concern about the possible growth trends in the loss of their temples and generally pressure on the Church. However, I hope that the Ecumenical Patriarchate, as before, will be kept for the preservation of peace in Ukraine and the Ukrainian Church, but is – noted in the UPC is not compatible with autocephaly.

В УПЦ обеспокоены ростом количества захватов храмов в связи со спекуляциями вокруг Томоса об автокефалии

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