The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov has stated a strange statement about the relationship of the Church and the Russian aggression in the Donbas.
The war in the Donbass
He stated this on Thursday, December 6, speaking at the opening of the 25th session of the Council of foreign Ministers of member countries of the Organization for security and cooperation in Europe, Russian media reported.
Lavrov said that Kiev interferes in the Affairs of the Church, and this creates new obstacles to resolving the “crisis”.
“Efforts to resolve the Ukrainian crisis, face new obstacles, including gross state interference in Church Affairs, thereby exacerbating the already difficult domestic political situation, divides society,” – said Lavrov.
Recall that the Patriarchate of Constantinople is planning to return about 20 Church buildings, which are on the territory of Ukraine and belonged to him until the end of the XVII century.
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC)
This became known thanks to the statement of the Chairman of the Synodal Department for external Church relations of the ROC Metropolitan Hilarion, according to Ukrainian media.
“The Patriarchate of Constantinople, preparing the autocephaly, the Tomos of autocephaly is going to present its own rights and recover all stavropigio that historically Constantinople had in Ukraine, and there were quite a lot at different times,” – said Metropolitan Hilarion.
Before Know.Eeyore wrote about the fact that the Hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate will not take part in the joint Cathedral for the creation of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Church, which will be held on December 15.
Tomos for Ukraine
About this informed the head of Information Department of the UOC-MP, Archbishop Clement.
“Our position has not changed. Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the MP will not take part in this Council, since the establishment of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church does not correspond to the canonical norms,” said the Archbishop, as reported by the Browser.
Also Know As.ia reported that the Unification Council held on December 15 in St. Sophia Cathedral — it must proclaim the establishment of the Autocephalous Orthodox Church in Ukraine, to elect its chair and approve the Charter.