Ukrainian Church statutes no longer have any connection with Russian Church, state official confirms
Kyiv, July 11, 2022
A Ukrainian state official who reviewed the new statutes of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church confirms that the document no longer speaks of any connection with the Russian Orthodox Church.
The UOC held a Council in Kyiv on UOC Council bolsters UOC independence, plans to make Chrism, disagrees with PatriarchThe Council issued a number of resolutions, including a condemnation of the fratricidal war, a disagreement with the position of Patriarch Kirill on the war, which is necessary for there to be a dialogue with the “Orthodox Church of schismatic ‘Ukraine’, and declarations of increased independence from the UOC. In particular, the possibility of doing Chrism within the UOC was mentioned.
“> May 27 in which major changes were made to the Church Statutes, “indicating the full autonomy and independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church”. According to many Council participants, the changes included the removal of any links with the Russian Orthodox Church.However, the Church has said that it will publish the new statutes only after they are registered with the state.
His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry of Kyiv and All Ukraine sent the amended statutes to the Ukrainian State Service for Ethnopolitics and Freedom of Conscience last month. Last week, the head of the state service, Elena Bogdan, confirmed on air in an interview with Espreso.TV that according to the statutes, the UOC is completely independent from the Russian Church.
“In an official letter, Metropolitan Onuphrius made it clear that the UOC is no longer governed by the decision of the ROC Council of Bishops, and officially announced its dissociation from the Moscow Patriarchate,” Bogdan said.
Meet. Onuphrius also withdrew from the Holy Synod of the Russian Church, she noted.
Recall that after the May Council, the Met. Onuphry stopped commemorating Patriarch Kirill as the primate over him, but instead he now Meet. Onuphre changes the way he commemorates – reads diptychs of Orthodox primates (+VIDEO)Meet. Onuphrius did not commemorate His Holiness Patriarch Cyril of Moscow and All Russia as his hierarch, but rather read the diptychs of the primates according to the practice of the primates of the local autocephalous Churches.
“> reads the diptychs as the primate of a local church would. Thus, he now commemorates Patriarch Kirill as one of many primates with whom he shares Eucharistic communion.
“The only link to the ROC in the UOC documents is a reference to the gramota of [Patriarch] Alexei [II], indicating a connection to Universal Orthodoxy through the ROC. The UOC Kyiv Metropolis explains that this connection does not mean that all actions will be coordinated and agreed with the ROC,” Bogdan stressed.
The state official also recalled the recent Crimean dioceses received directly into the Russian Orthodox ChurchThe synod also decided to create a new metropolis of Crimea, led by Met. Lazar of Simferopol.
“> “annexation” of the Crimean dioceses by the Russian Church, adding that “similar processes are underway with the diocese of Lugansk”.
Following the Council of May, the diocese of Lugansk decided to The Diocese of Lugansk suspends the commemoration of Metropolitan Onuphrius of kyivThe Ukrainian Orthodox Church’s Lugansk diocese is now the second to suspend the commemoration of His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphrius of Kyiv and All Ukraine during divine services.
“> Stop commemorating the Met. Onuphry in divine services, as he continues to commemorate Pat. Kirill.
“In other words, the Russian Orthodox Church has already reacted to the separation from the UOC by trying to remove the UOC dioceses and parishes in the occupied territories from direct subordination to Patriarch Cyril. In fact, it is the loss of parishes in the occupied territories,” Bogdan said.
The statutes of the UOC previously included 10 mentions of the Russian Church:
Below GENERAL PROVISIONS:
3. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church is linked to the local Orthodox Churches through the Russian Orthodox Church.
a. connected to the local Churches just in itself, which means that it is, in fact, autocephalous, OR
b. schismatic, unrelated to local Churches, although this is clearly not their intention**
4. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church carries out its salvific activities on the basis of Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, firmly adheres to the dogmas of the Orthodox faith and sacred canons, and in its administration is guided by the resolutions of the Council of bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church from October 25 to October 27, 1990 and the present statutes with respect and observance of state laws.
5. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church unites dioceses, synodal institutions, deaneries, parishes, monasteries, theological educational institutions, brotherhoods, sororities and missions and is an autonomous part of the Russian Orthodox Church .
As part of the functions of UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH COUNCIL:
6b. preservation of the canonical unity of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, as well as its canonical unity with the Russian Orthodox Church and with all local Orthodox Churches
6c. monitor the implementation of decisions of local councils of the Russian Orthodox Church, councils of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the statutes adopted by them
Under the heading on COUNCIL OF BISHOPS OF THE UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH:
5. The Council of Bishops acts on the basis of the sacred canons of the Church, the resolutions of the local and episcopal councils of the Russian Orthodox Church, as well as the Councils of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
Under the heading on PRIME OF THE UOC:
2. The Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is elected for life by the Episcopate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and is blessed by His Holiness the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.
4. The name of His Beatitude the Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine is elevated at divine services in all churches and monasteries of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church after the name of His Holiness the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.
7. As Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, the Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine is a permanent member of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church.
15. No later than three months after the liberation of the cathedra from the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, the Locum Tenens and the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church shall convene a Council of Bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to elect its Primate, Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine, and present him to His Holiness the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia to receive a gramota of blessing.
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