Cathedral of the UOC-MP has adopted the decision on autocephaly

Собор УПЦ МП принял решение по автокефалии

UOC refused to unite in one Church

The UOC-MP refuses to participate in establishing a United Church, and severs Eucharistic communion with Constantinople.

Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate will not take part in the process of creation of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. This is stated in the statement of Council of bishops of the UOC-MP on the results of the Cathedral, which took place on Tuesday, November 13.

“The Council of bishops notes that the process of granting the so-called Tomos of autocephaly is artificial, imposed from the outside”, – the document says.

In the opinion of the bishops of the UOC-MP it “does not reflect the domestic Church need not bring real Church unity and to deepen division and exacerbate conflict among the people of Ukraine.”

“Under such conditions of accession of the episcopate, clergy and laity of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to these processes consider impossible,” the statement reads.

Also the Council of bishops of the UOC-MP condemned the decision of the Ecumenical Patriarch, dated 11 October on the establishment of its jurisdiction on the territory of Ukraine. States that the decision is “null and void and those which have no canonical force.”

“In particular, the decision to establish the jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in Ukraine is the consequence of the speculative interpretation of Church history. And the decision on the removal of the anathema, and other ecclesiastical prohibitions of the leaders of the schism and the recognition of the validity of pseudomonotone that were committed by them during the stay in split, is the result of a distorted interpretation of the Orthodox canons “, – stated in the decree.

It is noted that, “recognizing Raskolnikov mere Sana’a, the Patriarchate of Constantinople, according to Church rules, he embarked on the path of secession.”

“In this regard, the Eucharistic communion of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church with the Patriarchate of Constantinople is currently impossible and is terminated”, – reads the resolution.

The Cathedral has opposed changing the name of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

“In the case of adoption of the relevant laws by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church will protect its rights by all lawful means, provided that the basic social concept of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Ukrainian legislation and the European Convention on human rights”, – stated in the message.

Note, in the Cathedral of the UOC-MP was expected of the President of Petro Poroshenko, but he refused to go to Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, and wanted to meet with the bishops in the Ukrainian house.

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