Date: 8 months ago   Category: Religion

The State Department has supported plans for granting autocephaly of Ukrainian Orthodox Church - RIA Novosti, 9/25/2018

WASHINGTON, 25 Sep – RIA Novosti. The U.S. State Department on Tuesday has expressed the support of possible autocephaly of Ukrainian Orthodox Church and has expressed respect to actions of the Constantinople patriarch Varfolomei.© the RIA Novosti / Stringer to Pass into an image bank "Against rules". The expert about a situation around the Ukrainian autocephaly" the United States resolutely support freedom of worship, including freedom of members of groups to operate the religion according to the beliefs and to freely practise the religion without intervention of the government. The USA respects ability of the Ukrainian orthodox religious leaders and followers to carry out autocephaly according to the beliefs. We respect the universal patriarch as a voice of religious tolerance and interfaith dialogue" — it is said in the statement of State Department. Also it is reported that the USA "steadily supports Ukraine and its territorial integrity". "We also support Ukraine which lays an own way and makes own decisions and associations, free from external intervention" — is noted in the statement. The president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko tries to achieve recognition of uncanonical religious structures and creation of uniform local autocephalous church in Ukraine. Earlier Constantinople patriarchy "within preparation for granting autocephaly" appointed the exarchs in Kiev. Besides, the Constantinople patriarch Varfolomey has said that he intends to provide to Ukraine autocephaly. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church called similar actions invasion on the initial territory of other local church and have urged the patriarch Varfolomey to stop the intervention, and "exarchs" of the Constantinople patriarchy – to leave Kiev. Also in Ukrainian Orthodox Church called Poroshenko's participation in this question "excess of the power and also intervention in church affairs". © RIA Novosti / Evgeny Kotenko to Pass into an image bank Autocephaly to Ukraine will become "a historical shock", write German the Smirussky orthodox church, in turn, has gone to actual "severance of diplomatic relations" with the Constantinople patriarchy. The synod of the Russian church declared the termination of commemoration of the patriarch Varfolomey during the patriarchal church services. In addition, the decision on getting out of structures in which representatives of the Constantinople patriarchy preside has been made. The relations of ROC with Constantinople appeared in such crisis for all her more than thousand-year history only once. The sacred synod of ROC, the Hierarchal synod of Russian Orthodox Church abroad and the sacred synod of Ukrainian Orthodox Church have suspended service with hierarches of the Constantinople patriarchy.© RIA Novosti / Vitaly Podvitsky Petro autocephalous



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