A search of the Governor of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, an inventory of Church property, the abolition of rent Pochaev Lavra experts estimate that as pressure on the UOC. They point out that Constantinople is in no hurry to autocephaly, and the President loses numerous electorate in the face of believers of the UOC
Five years for the book?
The Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople approved the text of the Charter of the new Church, which is planned to create in Ukraine according to the results of the unification of the Cathedral. Contrary to the announcements of the Ukrainian authorities, the Synod did not set a date for such a Council.
However, President Poroshenko made a televised address in which he said that at the meeting of the Synod in Istanbul “a historic decision on the establishment of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.”
The next morning it became known that the SBU began a search of the vicar of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra Metropolitan Pavel (Lebed), which was charged with “inciting sectarian strife” under part 2 of article 161 of the Criminal code (punishable by correctional labor for a term up to two years or deprivation of liberty for a term up to five years).
Lawyer Andriy Portnov, citing a lawyer present during the search, reported in a Telegram that the staff of SBU withdrew from the Metropolitan only book “Ukrainian Orthodox Church: relations with the state. The attitude of the ATO and the Church split. Questions and answers”.
Political analyst Kirill Molchanov believes that the reason for the search in Laurel absurd. “The media is not even reference to such statements of Paul in which he called for hatred. Searches Governor of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra – the political pressures for the organization of processes around the local Church and received autocephaly” – said the analyst.
Molchanov believes that trying to persuade the dissenters to participate in the unification Council through intimidation by law-enforcement authorities to the representatives of the UOC-MP has agreed to move to a new structure.
As you know, the Cathedral announced the participation of 41 bishops of the Kiev Patriarchate, the UAOC 12 bishops and several representatives of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC), which are expected to participate contrary to the decisions of the Council of bishops of his own Church on November 13. After all, the country’s largest religious denomination – the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate – receive autocephaly from Constantinople unwilling, and launched by the President and Parliament the process of granting Thomas calls “artificial, imposed from the outside.”
The President also said that the Constantinople Synod has decided on the convening of a unifying Council. The date will be announced shortly Patriarch Bartholomew. The Council will elect a new Primate of the Church. And he will be granted the Tomos of autocephaly (decree on the Church autonomy).
In respect of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, the Head of state admits controversial statements. For example, the Head of state said that in the temples of the UOC in the worship services pray for Putin and for “Russian army”.
The President said on November 28 during a visit to ascension Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate and communication with the residents of the village Kozelec Chernihiv, says the press service of the President. “How can you go to Church if the service there of God begins with prayer for Cyril, for Putin, for the Russian army. How do they relate to the Ukraine?” – quotes the President his press-service.
When this statement appeared on the official website of the President, the UOC responded “respectful request” to find in the liturgical books “nonexistent fake prayer about the Russian army and the Russian President Putin”.
Metropolitan Tulchin and Bratslav Jonathan (Yeletsky) and Tulchinsky priests of the diocese of the UOC said that will give the advisers of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and service books to those convinced that such prayers are not there. This message posted on the official website of the diocese.
The property will have to return, and not in use, and the property
While Istanbul was a meeting of the Synod of the Constantinople Patriarchate, in Kiev, the Ministry of culture initiated an inspection of the relics in the near and far caves of the Pechersk Lavra. This checking occurs for the first time in 30 year history of the revived the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra.
Previously the Director of the Department for religions and nationalities of Ministry of culture Andriy yurash said that Pochayiv Lavra, which is now used by the UOC, can change their affiliation after the receipt of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine of the Tomos of autocephaly. The same fate he predicts for Pechersk Lavra.
On 23 November, the Ministry of justice has canceled the re-construction of the Holy Dormition Pochayiv Lavra (Ternopil region). On November 28 the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine returned of the structures in the composition Kremenecko-Pochayiv state reserve.
Head of legal Department of the UOC Archpriest Oleksandr bakhov, said that the decision of the Ministry of justice can be overturned in court. They say that the decision not to cancel the usage agreement. As managing partner of the attorney Association “Mogil’nitskii and partners” Maxim Mogil’nitskii believes that the government is obliged to return all property of the UOC, and it is not in use and the property of the Church.
He recalled that the Church property was nationalized in 1918 by Decree of the Council of people’s Commissars “On the separation of Church and state and of schools from the Church.” And until 1918 on the territory of Ukraine there were a unified Orthodox Church, which belonged to the Pochaev Lavra.
“The Orthodox Church, who played the owner of the Pochaev Lavra, existed long before 1918, the year exists now. But the newly created Church organization cannot be considered and appointed by her new owners. Just due to the fact that are not part of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. And, as a consequence, can not be considered successors of the Church that owned the property at the time of the expropriation,” said the lawyer.
He recalled that the obligation of restitution (i.e. return of assets) stated in the conclusion of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) No. 190 of 1995 and in the PACE resolution No. 1466 of 2005 year. “If in civilized countries the Church property for a long time back to their original owners, in Ukraine the question of ownership of the temples tightly bound to the sympathies of the political forces dominating at the moment,” stated the lawyer.
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) is ready to defend their rights in international courts if they are violated in the country. This was stated by the vicar of the Kyiv metropolis of the UOC, Archbishop Theodosius. “We will defend their rights, including in the European institutions”, – he stressed.
And political analyst Andrey Zolotarev says the pressure on the UOC from the government. He notes that the pressure has already begun, although the new Church has not yet been created.
“We see yesterday’s decision of the Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, which Poroshenko essentially handed a blank piece of paper,” he says. According to the analyst, the presidential idea with the Tomos is not yet implemented – the Patriarch of Constantinople it is not published. “C Tomos something went wrong. Byzantium forever. Turetskopoddanny think someone a little lit…” – he wrote in Facebook.
An interesting proposition expressed previously in his blog Director of advertising Agency Michurin, Dmitry Loginov. He pointed out that many of the faithful of the UOC of the processes associated with autocephaly, is not perceived negatively, and the expected growth of support for the President among them is not necessary.
And the members of the non-canonical Ukrainian churches also made their choice for a long time, accordingly, do not expect rapid growth in the electoral base at the expense of their gratitude. “Excessive hopes on the Almighty Tomos, who, as the glove Thanos will destroy half wrong – the result of misguided strategy developed by the campaign team of the President”, – the expert believes.