Kiev, November 23, 2022
Another draft law was registered yesterday for consideration by the Verkhovna Rada—Ukrainian Parliament—calling for a complete ban on all activities of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
The bill was introduced by deputies of the European Solidarity Party, referring to the UOC as the “Russian Orthodox Church on the territory of Ukraine,” despite the fact that the UOC Ukrainian Church statutes no longer have any connection to Russian Church, state official confirms“In an official letter, Metropolitan Onuphry clearly indicated that the UOC is no longer governed by the decision of the Bishops’ Council of the ROC, and officially announced its disassociation from the Moscow Patriarchate,” Elena Bogdan said.
“>removed all connection to the Russian Church from its statutes at its Council in May.
“This law also provides for a complete ban on any religious organizations and institutions that are part of or recognize in any form subordination in canonical, organizational, and other matters to the Russian Orthodox Church,” the European Solidarity Party reports.
Similar bills have been submitted to the Rada for years now, though they have so far proved unsuccessful. Two separate bills aimed at the dissolution of the UOC were registered by the Verkhovna Rada Two bills submitted to Ukrainian Parliament to ban Ukrainian Orthodox ChurchTwo separate bills aimed at the dissolution of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church were submitted to and registered by the Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian Parliament, over the past week.
According to the submitting party, “for too long the Russian Orthodox Church has been conducting outright anti-Ukrainian and sabotage activities and advocating all the actions of the criminal Russian regime.” However, despite repeated accusations, no evidence of the UOC conducting any anti-Ukrainian activity has been found.
His Eminence Metropolitan Kliment of Nizhyn, head of the UOC’s Information-Education Department, notes that no formal accusations have been made as a result of the Ukrainian Security Service’s “counterintelligence” activities carried out at several UOC monasteries yesterday.
Further, Orthodox activity in Ukraine should be dictated by the “tomos of autocephaly” granted to the so-called “Orthodox Church of Ukraine” by the Patriarchate of Constantinople, the European Solidarity Party writes.
At the same time, local authorities Local Ukrainian authorities: Banning the UOC has become the “number one goal”Every day the list increases of Ukrainian regions where officials and deputies resove to ban the activities of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
“>continue to declare bans on the Ukrainian Church, most recently in the city of Gorodische, Cherkasy Province, despite the fact that such bans clearly Local bans on Ukrainian Church have no legal force—UOC Legal DepartmentMost recently, the mayor of Konotop, Sumy Province, declared the UOC banned in his city.”>have no legal justification or force. In fact, the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture declared back in June that the Gorodische Council has no right to ban the Church.
And following the Kiev Caves abbot comments on situation regarding investigation into supposed “prayer for Russia”“I’m sure Fr. Zachary himself wasn’t singing these songs,” Met. Pavel said. “We don’t sing secular songs in church, only the glorification of saints is sung in church… In church, we must pray for one thing—for peace, for a speedy end to the war.”
“>recent incident in which a group of female parishioners sang a song about the spiritual rebirth of Holy Rus’ in one of the churches of the Kiev Caves Lavra, more Ukrainian deputies are calling for the Church to be kicked out of the Lavra.
Andrei Bogdanets of the Servant of the People Party submitted a bill to transfer the Lavra to the schismatic “Orthodox Church of Ukraine,” saying: “Pro-Russian priests have no place in Ukrainian holy sites.” The same call has come from Alexei Goncharenko of the European Solidarity Party.
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Source: Orthodox Christianity