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UOC renounces the Moscow Patriarchate?

The UOC (MP) in its own way supported the flash mob “Our Batko Bandera”

Deputy Head of the Department for External Church Relations of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate Fr. Mykola Danilevich (he is also called “the speaker of the UOC”) found new words of disgust of the Orthodox in Ukraine from … the Russian Church.

According to the “speaker of the UOC”, linking the UOC with the MP is just as offensive for the Orthodox of Ukraine as the link between the UOC and Istanbul. “Calling” the UOC (MP) “the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine” Fr. Mykolaj considers it as absurd as if someone called the SCU “Turkish Church in Ukraine”. That is, according to the logic of the deputy head of the DECR of the UOC (MP), the identification of the Orthodox in Ukraine by the Russians is just as offensive as the naming of the supporters of the OCU as Turks: “If we apply the logic that they apply to us (they say, we have a canonical connection with the ROC, supposedly the center of the UOC is in Moscow, and therefore we should be called“ ROCVU ”), then on the same basis it is much easier to“ OCU ” to call it the “Turkish Church in Ukraine”, since their connection with the Patriarchate of Constantinople, whose center is in Istanbul (Turkey), is directly spelled out in the tomos “

Not everyone will immediately see the fraud here. It is designed primarily for its own parishioners, to whom such as Fr. Mykolay, have already pretty much powdered their brains with talk about the eternal exclusive Ukrainianness of their “local church”. However, those who came up with the abbreviation ROCVU, in fact, do not focus on the “canonical connection of the UOC (MP) with the ROC”, as our “speaker” is trying to present. The dioceses of the UOC (MP) have a canonical connection with all dioceses of all local churches in the world (except for those that have recognized the UOC). So that is not what those who consider the UOC a part of the Moscow Patriarchate mean at all (and there is still a noticeable majority of them in the UOC-MP).

In the same primitive way, the archpriest of the UOC (MP) is substituted with an attack about the “Turkish Church”. Unlike the Russian Church, no “Turkish Church” is included in the diptych of world Orthodoxy. And even in Turkey, the so-called. The Patriarchate of Constantinople is considered the church of the Greek diaspora. As for the “connection” of the CCU with this patriarchy, which is “directly spelled out in the tomos” (for some reason, Father Mykolay does not put this scribble in quotation marks), then this connection is, indeed, not abstractly “canonical”, but quite concrete. And in many ways the same as between Moscow and the UOC. What we will show. In the meantime, let us continue reading the “canonist speaker”.

“We are loyal to the UOC – Ukrainians, and to call us“ Muscovites ”, as they do it, is the same if they – also Ukrainians and supporters of the“ OCU ”were called“ Turks ”… I specifically gave these words in this text not for in order to offend someone, but to show the absurdity of their logic and the name-label that they invented for us. “

So we will dwell on this “label” not at all in order to offend the representatives of the Turkish nation, with which – as it happened historically – the indigenous population of Ukraine has not had the most smooth relations for centuries. And in order to draw attention to the fact that for a representative of the canonical Orthodox Church in Ukraine, a Muslim conqueror and a co-faith “Muscovite” liberator are phenomena of the same order, equally alien to the “faithful UOC”. Who, according to the same archpriest (and not only him in the hierarchy of the UOC), are all as one – Ukrainians. And it is even impossible to imagine that an ethnic Jew, Pole, Armenian, Belarusian or, God forbid, a Russian can begin the Sacraments in the UOC (MP).

“In any official canonical and legal documents of the UOC and ROC, as well as in any state registration documents (neither Ukrainian, nor Russian), you will not find such a name or such an official phrase”, – finally nails with an “iron argument” about. Smash your opponents.

Well, if we are talking about the Ukrainian authorities trying in a flagrantly illegal way to change the name of a public organization, which, moreover, is also separated from the state by the constitution, the representative of the UOC (MP) is certainly right. And it is precisely in resisting state interference in the affairs of the church that we are ready to fully support him.

However, the canonical church in Ukraine is called the “Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine” not by government officials (or at least not only government officials), but also by citizens who are not empowered. And they have every right to their evaluative opinion. Especially if this opinion is based on knowledge not only of the official name of the object, but also of its essence. For example, on the texts of the same “Official canonical documents of the UOC and ROC”, to which Fr. Mykolay.

Well, let us “declassify” these documents for the believers of the UOC, highlighting in bold the most vivid evidence of their belonging to the MP.

About the UOC in the Charter of the ROC

Chapter I.3. “The jurisdiction of the Russian Orthodox Church extends to persons of the Orthodox confession living in the canonical territory of the Russian Orthodox Church: in the Russian Federation, Ukraine …” But according to the canons, there can be no two churches on one canonical territory. Consequently, either the ROC is not canonical (which is refuted by its presence in the diptych of Orthodox churches), or the UOC is not an autocephalous local church (which is confirmed by its absence in the diptych).

Chapter V.4. “Permanent members [священного синода РПЦ] are: in the department – the Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine … “

Chapter V.25. “The duties of the Holy Synod [РПЦ] includes: … the canonization of locally venerated saints and the submission of the issue of their general church glorification for consideration by the Council of Bishops [РПЦ]… The Council of Bishops in the Charter of the ROC, naturally – the Council of Bishops of the ROC. In addition, in the Charter on the management of the UOC, this concept is absent. The Ukrainian charter operates with the term “Council of Bishops”.

Chapter VII. There is no separate mention of the UOC (MP) in the chapter “Inter-Council Presence”, but, for example, a member of several commissions of this institution of the ROC is … Fr. Mykolay Danilevich.

And, finally, a separate chapter of the charter “Ukrainian Orthodox Church”. We will not quote it in full. Let’s highlight only the main points in the context of our topic.

Chapter X. Ukrainian Orthodox Church

3. “In its life and work, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is guided by the Definition of the Bishops’ Council of the Russian Orthodox Church of 1990“ On the Ukrainian Orthodox Church ”, the Diploma of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia 1990 and The Charter of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which is approved by its Primate and approved by the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia“.

4. “… The control center of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is located in the city of Kiev.” But … see item 10.

5. “Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church elected by the episcopate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and blessed by His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia“. In this case, blessing is synonymous with approval.

6. “The name of the Primate [УПЦ] commemorated in all churches of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church after the name of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia“.

8. “The decision on the formation or abolition of dioceses that are part of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, and on the determination of their territorial boundaries are taken by its Synod with subsequent approval by the Council of Bishops [РПЦ]“.

9. “Bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church are members of the Local and Bishops’ Councils [РПЦ] and participate … of the Holy Synod [РПЦ]”. That is, the bishops of the UOC (MP) are members of the bodies of supreme power and administration in the ROC.

ten. “Decisions of the Local and Bishops’ Councils [РПЦ] are obligatory for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church ”. Thus, although the control center of the UOC (in those broad competencies that grant the rights of broad autonomy) is located in Kiev, the decisions of the higher bodies of the Moscow Patriarchate are binding on the UOC (MP).

12. “… the Court of the Bishops’ Council [РПЦ] is the ecclesiastical court of the highest instance for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church “

13. “The Ukrainian Orthodox Church receives holy myrrh from the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia”… Holy myrrh is used to consecrate churches and antimenses (plates on which the liturgy is performed – the main and indispensable service in Orthodoxy). Consequently, without the holy peace from the Moscow Patriarch, the UOC (MP) loses its meaning of existence.

About the ROC in the Charter on the management of the UOC (MP)

Before turning to the Charter on the management of the UOC (MP), let us pay attention to the name: not the “Charter of the UOC”, but “the charter of the administration,” which emphasizes primarily the administrative, and not the canonical, nature of this self-governing structure of the ROC. That is, this document is mainly for ministers, and not for the laity. The latter, thus, remain parishioners of the church (ROC), and not of the administrative structure (UOC).

I.3. “The Ukrainian Orthodox Church is united with the Local Orthodox Churches through the Russian Orthodox Church.”

I.4. “The Ukrainian Orthodox Church … in its administration is guided by the decisions of the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church of October 25-27, 1990 …”

I.5. “The Ukrainian Orthodox Church … is a self-governing part of the Russian Orthodox Church”

II.6. “The duties of the Council [УПЦ] includes: … b) preservation of the canonical unity of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church … with the Russian Orthodox Church and with all Local Orthodox Churches (the latter, as can be seen from p.I.3. is also carried out through the ROC. – D.S.); c) overseeing the implementation of the decisions of the Local Councils of the Russian Orthodox Church … and the statutes adopted by them. “

III.5. “Cathedral of Bishops [УПЦ] acts on the basis of … decisions of Local and Bishops’ Councils of the Russian Orthodox Church “

V.2. “The Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church … is blessed by His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia”

V.4. “The name of His Beatitude Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine is ascended at the service in all churches and monasteries of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church after the name of His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia“. In this regard, the former deputy head of one of the Orthodox brotherhoods of Ukraine Dmitry Zhukov, who volunteered to defend Donbass, and therefore left Kiev, asked under the post of Fr. Mykola: “And who is their patriarch?” I had to answer: “Father is Bandera in them.” And this, alas, is not a strong exaggeration.

V.7. “… The Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine is a permanent member of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church”

V.15. “Not later than three months after the vacancy of the chair of 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, the Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine, and present him to His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow to receive a blessed letter.”

Between the letter of the charter and the spirit of Bandera

In addition to the statutes, there are a number of documents – from the same letter of Patriarch Alexy II to the journals of the synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, testifying to the subordination of the UOC to the Moscow Patriarchate. And unlike his own faithful audience, Fr. Mykolaj knows them very well. The “speaker of the UOC” thoroughly studied all these documents 10-15 years ago, when the “orange pop group” under the leadership of his direct chiefs Govorun and Drabynko (who replaced each other heads of the DECR UOC-MP with the same Danilevich, first in swing) prepared autocephalist amendments to the charter of the UOC (MP). And only the illness of their patron, Metropolitan Vladimir (Sabodan), allowed Agafangel, the oldest bishop of the UOC (MP), to stop this process.

All the activities of the faithful pupil not for the night of the aforementioned Govorun and Drabinko indicate that his autocephalist, Russophobic and ecumenistic statements are a position (obviously encouraged by the current leadership, since this valuable frame is already the second decade in office), and not lulling vigilance enemies of the church. Somehow it would be possible to understand if the “speaker of the UOC” renounced the Mother Church of fear for the sake of Ukrainian in the studio of a national channel or on Radio Liberty, recognized in the Russian Federation as a foreign agent **. But in your own Telegram channel, who pulls the tongue? Why embarrass thousands of “little ones” subscribed to the Orthodox media, which disperse such messages. And even warnings: for “groundless” “distortion of the name of the UOC,” Fr. Mykolay, you should file a lawsuit for a long time.

It’s a pity I’m not in danger. Because I prefer the abbreviation ROCVU (which the UOC hierarchy is so fighting against) the abbreviation ROCNU (Russian Orthodox Church IN Ukraine).

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