Poroshenko against the UOC-MP. What happens to Tomos

Порошенко против УПЦ МП. Что происходит с Томосом

Cathedral of the UOC-MP in Kyiv

The meeting of the President with representatives of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate turned into a quest. Meanwhile a new applicant to lead a United Ukrainian Church.

In Kiev was held the Council of bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate. The Council condemned the decision of the Ecumenical Patriarch, dated 11 October on the establishment of its jurisdiction on the territory of Ukraine, and refused to participate in the creation of a single Ukrainian Autocephalous Church.

In parallel, discussed the meeting of President Poroshenko with representatives of the UOC-MP. The parties could not decide on a meeting place, and eventually it was held only with those representatives of the Church who support the autocephaly.

Meanwhile, in the process of getting Thomas appeared much more interesting news.

The decision of the UOC-MP

The UOC-MP after the Russian Orthodox Church severed Eucharistic communion with Constantinople. Also the Council of bishops of the Moscow Patriarchate opposed the attempts to change the name of the Church. We will remind, earlier the UOC-MP was proposed to rename the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine, and the name of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to give a new Autocephalous.

Also, the Moscow Patriarchate has refused to participate in the process of creation of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.

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

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.”

Meeting with Poroshenko

Representatives of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate claim that the President Petro Poroshenko refused to hold a meeting with them on the territory of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra.

It is noted that the Council has decided to meet with the President on the territory of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra.

“This decision of the Council of bishops was immediately reported to the President. However, the President refused to meet”, – reported in the UOC-MP.

In the presidential Administration said that the UOC-MP did not want dialogue and were looking for reasons to cancel the meeting.

“The majority of bishops of the UOC-MP started to look for explanations to not come to the meeting: not the place”, – reported in Administration.

According to media reports, in the end Poroshenko met with three bishops of the UOC-MP, which support the autocephaly, in the Ukrainian house.

The priests said about the pressure on them by the ROC. According to the press service of the President, the meeting Poroshenko assured the priests that the Ukrainian government will protect the right of clergy and laity on the free choice of ecclesiastical jurisdiction.

“The Russian scenario yesterday was thwarted. Petro Poroshenko informed the bishops about his talks with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the agreement between Ukraine and the Patriarchate of Constantinople and the readiness of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to promote a unifying Council”, – said the press Secretary of the President Svyatoslav Tsigalko.

Also on Bankova said that Poroshenko is open to dialogue with representatives of the Moscow Patriarchate.

The Cathedral and head of the new Church

The former press Secretary of the Primate of the UOC Archpriest Georgy Kovalenko said that the holding of a Unifying Council of the Autocephalous Church is planned for November 22.

“We are in a transitional period. The Moscow Patriarchate has decided, in General, and in Ukraine. Worth the wait. Promise November 22 unification Council. According to Church rules and traditions, any solution of the hierarchy should be recibieron, accepted or not accepted in the clergy and the faithful,” – said Kovalenko.

He added that the local Church will try to do everything to the conflict has not grown to the global level, so as to maintain relations with Moscow and Constantinople, and in the process, rather, try to solve their own issues, than to block or to help someone from participants of process.

The most painful question in connection with the upcoming Union — the candidacy of the Primate of the Autocephalous Church.

The main candidate – the head of UPTS of the Kiev Patriarchy Philaret. But, according to media reports, now circulating rumors that Constantinople was able to convince the existing primates of the UOC-KP and the UAOC Philaret and Macarius not to put his candidacy. Instead, both the primates they will come up with some honorary titles, which is especially important for Philaret in his 26-year-old dispute with the Moscow Patriarchate.

In this scenario, a very likely candidate for becoming the native of the UOC-MP, decided to support the autocephaly, writes the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta And such a candidate is – often called Metropolitan Simeon of Vinnytsia (Ostacolo) — countryman of President Poroshenko. From the side of the UOC — KP in the case of rejection Filaret — the most likely candidate is his official successor, which bears the title the Patriarchal vicar, Metropolitan Epiphanius, who was educated in Greece.

Not excluded and the candidates of foreign priests or the current exarchs of Constantinople in Kiev, an official in Geneva, Archbishop job (Hecha).