The Verkhovna Rada has asked Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople to recognize the autocephaly (independence) of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine. This is stated in the resolution, which was adopted by the Ukrainian Parliament.
The message is addressed to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. The appeal was tabled in Parliament on 7 June. For the adoption of the address 245 deputies voted against and 20 MPs.
In the appeal of the Verkhovna Rada asked Patriarch Bartholomew to annul the act of the Ecumenical Patriarch on joining of the Kyiv Metropolitanate to the Moscow Patriarchate from 1686. He was, according to deputies, adopted “in violation of the canons”. “Ukrainian Parliament calls upon the Ecumenical Patriarch to take an active part in overcoming the consequences of division in the Church by convening, under the auspices of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of the Ukrainian unification Council, which would decide all disputes and unite Ukrainian Orthodoxy”, — quotes the appeal of the Agency “Interfax-Ukraine”.
Now in Ukraine there are a number of Orthodox churches. The two largest of them — the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (directly subordinate to the Russian Orthodox Church and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate. The latter is not currently recognized as a canonical Orthodox Church.
For the creation of “independent” churches in the Ukraine had previously requested the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. He cited the data of sociological polls, according to which Orthodox Ukrainians more willing to have the Church, the Eucharist and prayer United is very important and is administratively independent from other States.”