The UOC-MP has adopted a statement on “meeting” with Poroshenko

В УПЦ МП приняли заявление о "встрече" с Порошенко

In the Cathedral was attended by 90 bishops

The Council of bishops is ready to meet with the President, but in the Church, and not in the Ukrainian house.

The Council of hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate is ready to meet President Petro Poroshenko, but only on the grounds of the Church. This is stated in the statement on the website of Information Department of the UOC at the end of the Cathedral, which took place on Tuesday, November 13.

“At the initiative of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on November 13, 2018, was scheduled to meet with the bishops of the Church in the premises of the Ukrainian house. With the blessing of Metropolitan Onufriy on the appointed date, the bishops of the Church gathered in the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra. On the same day held an emergency meeting of the Holy Synod, who took the decision to convene the Council of bishops,” – said in a statement.

It is noted that during the meeting the sides discussed the state of Church-state relations, and public statements by leaders of the state, which could be regarded as being directed against the UOC.

“Taking into consideration the moods and thoughts of the Church people and clergy, and based on the fact that the Church issues should be discussed on Church property, the Holy Synod decided to meet with the President, but not in the Ukrainian house, and on the territory of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra. This decision of the Council of bishops immediately reported to the President. However, the President refused to meet”, – explained in a statement.

At the same time, the Country with reference to the Metropolitan Zaporozhye Luke reports that 82 out of 90 bishops of the UOC did not want to meet with Poroshenko in the Ukrainian house.

While the Council arrived 83 out of 90 bishops eligible to vote. Of the 83 man 82 said he wanted to meet with Poroshenko in Laurel and not in the Ukrainian house.

“We expected that the President will come to this meeting, but he never came. Beatitude (Onufry – Approx. Ed.) asked, who wants to meet with the President, all said that want. The Lord asked where we will meet – it is evident that ecclesiastical issues should be resolved on the Church grounds. And wanted to meet here,” said Bishop Mitrofan (Nikitin), Metropolitan of Gorlovskiy and Slavic.

Also on the Council of the UOC in the monastery, the bishops asked for the canonical local churches to assess the actions Bartholomew in Ukraine.

Earlier media reported that Poroshenko at the last moment refused to visit Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, where the Council of bishops.


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