Filaret’s statement absurd and ridiculous – the UOC-MP

Заявления Филарета абсурдны и нелепы - УПЦ МП

Filaret wants to deprive the UOC-MP Kyiv-Pechersk and Pochaev Lavra

In 1990-ies the government of Ukraine has pledged to spend restitution, but did not fulfil their obligations.

In the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) responded to the words of Patriarch Filaret on the transition property of the Kiev-Pechersk and Pochaev Laurel in the property of the Ukrainian Church.

As reported on Thursday, August 2, RIA Novosti, the head of the press service of the UOC-MP Vasily Anisimov said that such statements are “absurd and ridiculous from a legal point of view.”

“Filaret, excommunicated from the Church for numerous ecclesiastical crime to dispose of only that property, which they, the dissenters themselves have created, such as the temple somewhere built, and no one on it, by the way, does not claim,” – said Anisimov.

According to him, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, in contrast to non-canonical structures, has an ancient history. Moreover, continued Anisimov, during the repression in the Soviet time, a significant part of the property of the UOC was expropriated and its still not returned. In this non-canonical Church, he said, “nothing was taken” and “any priest they have not been arrested”.

Anisimov believes that the UOC “all laws should be returned all the property.” At the same time, he reminded that Ukraine in the 1990s took the obligation before the Council of Europe to conduct a restitution, that is, to provide the Church compensation. However, these commitments remained only on paper.

“Each property has its own history, is a legal term, and everyone knows that if your house was taken away and shot you, then this house will then be returned to your son, but not for everyone to get it. And at what here generally autocephaly?” – said the representative of the UOC.

He cited the example of the Baltic States, Poland, Czech Republic and Russia, where the authorities returned and still return to the Church the selected property, often already in a restored form. “Even the ruins we do not give, understand,” he said.

“And statements of Philaret absolutely absurd and ridiculous from a legal point of view,” – concluded the spokesman.

We will remind, on July 28 in Kiev in the procession of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate on the occasion of the celebration 1030-anniversary of the baptism of Rus-Ukraine was attended by around 65 thousand worshippers.

It was also reported that on July 27, in the center of Kiev held a procession of the UOC-MP. Event organizers said about 250 thousand people. The police, however, counted significantly less faithful – to 20 thousand.


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