Kiev. April 20. INTERFAX – MPs from the faction “Opposition bloc” in the Parliament of Ukraine sent an appeal to the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew, in which they characterized the initiative of the Ukrainian authorities to create a single local Church as an attempt to solve political problems on the eve of presidential elections in the country.
“We with indignation have apprehended attempt on the part of the current government and the President of Ukraine once again to interfere in the Affairs of the Church, to usurp the right of the Church and of the Orthodox community on the decision of his fate. The latest government initiative to create a single local Church on the eve of the presidential election is not the concern of the Church, and attempts to solve their political problems and political interference in the lives of millions of Orthodox Christians in Ukraine, pushing for a new social tension”, – is spoken in the message which published a press-service of the party “Opposition bloc”.
According to the authors of the document in the context of the armed conflict in the Donbass such actions only reinforce the fractures in Ukrainian society and even threaten the growth of confrontation.
“I appeal to You, Your Vsesvyatsky, asking for prayers and blessing the people of Ukraine, the restoration of his spiritual and social unity, the termination of the fratricidal conflict and the good of the peacekeeping mission of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Believe that Your prayer and wise word will strengthen us all, will preserve the canonical structure, and will help us to avoid new divisions and misunderstandings in society,” the letter reads.
As reported, on 17 April the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko announced his intention to appeal to the Archbishop of Constantinople, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s call to issue a Tomos (decree) relative to a single national Orthodox Church in Ukraine and urged the Parliament in the shortest possible time to maintain his initiative.
April 19 members of Parliament 268 votes supported the President’s message to Patriarch Bartholomew. The faction “Opposition bloc” did not give a single vote “for” the majority of its members voted against this resolution.
The evening of the same day, the Chairman of the Parliament Andrei Parubiy announced that it has signed a decision. It shall enter into force from the day of its adoption.