Kiev. May 19. INTERFAX – the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine refute the information about the alleged call to the Vatican, the Ukrainian Ambassador in connection with giving explanations about the bills relating to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
“I contacted our Ambassador in the Vatican. The situation is this: no calling was not. Last week was held a series of meetings at the state Secretariat of the Vatican, where they discussed various issues – both foreign policy and domestic, including the bills,” – told “Interfax” on Friday, foreign Ministry spokesman Marian Betz.
However, she said that criticism of the bills was not. “Criticism as such was not – was a simple exchange of views,” said the spokesman.
Earlier some media spread the words of the Deputy head of the Department for external Church relations of the UOC Archpriest Nikolai Danilevich that the Ambassador of Ukraine in Vatican Tetyana Izhevsk caused to the audience due to concern about the possible adoption of draft laws # 4511 4128 and regulating state-Church relations in the country.
The Bishop of Kharkiv-Zaporizhia diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Ukraine S. shyrokoradiuk criticized these laws, which on Thursday planned to consider Happy, but in the end was deferred.
Bill No. 4511 involves granting a special status to religious organizations, “senior centers are in a state that recognized by the Supreme Rada as the country-aggressor”. UOC-MP has repeatedly stated that they view this document as discriminatory and rocking the boat of her community in Ukraine.
Bill No. 4128 involves the empowerment of persons belonging to the Church community, the right to change its Charter by a vote of a simple majority that, according to the UOC, will lead to the legalization of “raider” invasions of its temples and their subordinating self-proclaimed “Kiev Patriarchate”.