Ukrainian Politics

 Ukraine’s parliament transfers Kyiv-based St. Andrew's church to Ecumenical Patriarchate

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine passed the law on the transfer of the St. Andrew's Church to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople for perpetual free of charge usage.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Ukrinform, a total of 237 Ukrainian lawmakers backed the adoption of the presidential draft law No. 9208 as a basis and on the whole.

"The decision on transfer of the St. Andrew's Church will help to accelerate the process of granting the Tomos of Autocephaly - the recognition of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine by the world Orthodox Christianity," the explanatory note says.

Presenting the bill, representative of the President of Ukraine in the Verkhovna Rada, Iryna Lutsenko noted that the transfer of this particular religious building would have a unique, both practical and symbolic-spiritual significance.

"This will present the exclusive respect of Ukraine to the authority and the role of the Mother Church in the history of the development of the Ukrainian spiritual tradition and will unambiguously contribute to the process of granting the Tomos of Autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, i.e., the establishment of an independent (autocephalous) jurisdiction, which will become worthy and equal among other local Orthodox churches of the world Orthodox Christianity," the MP said.

On April 17, 2018, President Poroshenko said Ukraine was closer than ever before to creating an autocephalous united local church.

On Sept. 2, hierarchs held meetings (Synaxis) of the Hierarchy of the Ecumenical Throne Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) to confirm that the Church of Constantinople is authorized, without the consent of other churches, to grant autonomy, or autocephaly, to a church that has requested it. This paves the way for autocephality of Ukraine's church. Further measures, such as the adoption of documents at the Synod, are expected to be taken in October.

Subsequently, on Sept. 7, Ecumenical Patriarchate has appointed two Exarchs in Kyiv as part of preparations for granting autocephaly to Ukraine's Orthodox church. "Within the framework of the preparations for the granting of autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, the Ecumenical Patriarchate has appointed as its Exarchs in Kyiv His Excellency Archbishop Daniel of Pamphilon from the United States, and His Grace Bishop Hilarion of Edmonton from Canada, both of whom are serving the Ukrainian Orthodox faithful in their respective countries under the Ecumenical Patriarchate," the Ecumenical Patriarchate said in an announcement.

On Sept. 25, the UOC-MP declared that it was demanding that the Patriarchate of Constantinople withdraw its exarchs from Ukraine. In particular, the Holy Synod of the UOC-MP at a meeting held in the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra September 25, expressed its attitude regarding the appointment of the Exarchs of the Constantinople Patriarchate to Kyiv.

On Oct.11, 2018, Ecumenical Patriarchate has decided to proceed to the granting of autocephaly to the Church of Ukraine. In addition, the legal binding of Synod’s Letter of 1686 was abolished, thus pulling the Kyiv Metropolis from under Moscow jurisdiction. The Ecumenical Patriarchate also reinstated head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Philarchate Filaret and head of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church Makariy in their canonical status.

On Oct. 12, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate (UOC-KP) called for the episcopate, clergy and believers of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC) and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) to begin preparations for a unifying Council.

On Oct. 15, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church decided to break the eucharistic communication with the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3092002