The expert on the transfer of St. Andrew’s Church to the Ecumenical Patriarchate: the President began to dispose of state property as personal

Эксперт о передаче Андреевской церкви Вселенскому патриархату: Президент начал распоряжаться госсобственностью как личной

The idea of the President of Ukraine to transfer the Ecumenical Patriarch of St. Andrew’s Church only proves that the Ukrainian head of state to dispose of state property as personal.

Comments about this ГолосUA, said the Director of the analytical center “Third sector” Andrei Zolotarev.

“The President has already demonstrated that article 35 of the Constitution of Ukraine nothing to him. He dispose of state property as their own. And this decision is no longer automatically creates conflict because it is the only Church where worship was the Ukrainian Autocephalous Church,” says the analyst.

According to A. Zolotarev, this idea Poroshenko about St. Andrew’s Church also shows that Poroshenko is interested to create a local Church, but a political one.

“Now certainly is the solution to conflict and I would be interested to see the reaction, because, as we have seen, this is not the first decision of Poroshenko, which generates conflict. We need to understand that questionable means lead to questionable results. And in religious matters. Army porkopolis foam comes talking about nationalization of the Russian Orthodox Church in Russia and say that it is the court Church of Vladimir Putin. But do they same thing: they aspire not to the local Church, they build a political Church, governed by such principles as loyalty to the first person, this is the first. The second, national identification, and only in the third place is the Orthodox. And for going believer, it is primarily Christian, and then he perceives himself as a Ukrainian,” – summed up Alexander Zolotarev.

Recall that on 16 October it was reported that the President’s representative in the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Lutsenko said that in the coming days, Petro Poroshenko will register the bill, which proposes to transfer for permanent use to the Ecumenical Patriarch of St. Andrew’s Church. She announced this during the conciliatory Council of Parliament on Tuesday.

According to her, the President supports the desire to obtain an early Thomas in a sign of solidarity with that process makes a symbolic gesture. “Will be registered the bill, which President Poroshenko proposes to transfer St. Andrew’s Church for permanent use to the Ecumenical Patriarch, a symbolic gesture that the Holy Andrew in his time baptized Ukraine. It will be a symbolic gesture of unity with Mother-Church,” – said Lutsenko.

She added that Poroshenko asked the Parliament and all parliamentary parties to support this bill on the transfer of permanent use of the St. Andrew’s Church to the Ecumenical Patriarch. Now in the Church are services of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.

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