Metropolitan Paul linked the searches with autocephaly

Митрополит Павел связал обыски с автокефалией

Metropolitan Paul does not recognize the Autocephalous Church

Vicar of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra called the actions of the intelligence agencies to political pressure, noting that the house he had not lived.

Vicar of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra Metropolitan Pavel said about the political pressure on him by the searches he owns the house and the farm of the monastery. He said this at a briefing on Friday, 30 November, reports Interfax-Ukraine.

“Today, the pressure on me from all sides, but I want to assure you that I am in the Holy Catholic and Apostolic canonical Church, and another Church I do not recognize, is that the President will lead the future Church, I’m sorry,” said Metropolitan Paul.

The Metropolitan called it the political pressure.

He said that the President approached him with a request to appeal to Patriarch Kirill of the withdrawal of the anathema with the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchy Philaret and the granting of autocephaly to Ukraine. “We talked, and I said I will try to do it… But after some time, the President changed direction, and began to communicate with Istanbul… They promise tomorrow will autocephaly please let together with each other, and we already have everything”, – said Metropolitan Paul.

He expressed surprise at the fact of carrying out of searches in the framework of the investigated criminal case on violation of equality of citizens, in particular at the farm. “What, cows are terrorists? Sheep? What to look for there? I say let him look for someone in the spring it is necessary to manure, so you will know where to take to their beds” – ironically the vicar of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra.

Metropolitan Paul has confirmed that he owns the house were searched, and noted that they had not visited it for 5 years. “Today (searches – ed.) was in a house that is really number on me, but in 2013 I there never was,” he said, adding that lives exclusively in the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra and the house that is in his possession for sale.

“And when I had a serious operation – someone gave me biological weapons – in 2014 this home has been looted. Imposed was five icons, took a box of vodka that was there. I contacted the police, the prosecutors, I wanted the icon back, nobody paid attention to it,” – said the priest.

“Today, Thank God, dedicated, you saw a human foot does not happen. However, someone put a brochure 2017. But I was there in 2013”, – said the Metropolitan.

Earlier, the SBU reported that they conducted searches at the residence of the Primate of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra Paul, and in the monastery itself, in the criminal case on the fact of incitement to religious hatred (article 161 of the Criminal code).


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