The branch of the Russian church continues to work quietly in Ukraine
The State Service of Ukraine for Ethnopolitics and Freedom of Conscience announced the existence of a church-canonical connection between the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) and the Russian Orthodox Church, according to the conclusion of the expert group, which spent two months analyzing the new version of the Charter on the management of the UOC-MP dated May 27 2022, on the basis of which the church claimed independence from the ROC.
“The status of the UOC as a structural subdivision of the ROC, enjoying certain rights of independence, but not forming an autocephalous Church, remains unchanged,” the conclusion says.
In particular, it is noted that the UOC-MP has, in relation to the ROC, a church-canonical connection of the part with the whole, and the relations of the UOC with the ROC are not relations of one independent (autocephalous) church with another independent autocephalous church.
“UOC also does not have the status of an autonomous Church, which would be recognized by other churches, and, therefore, from the point of view of ecclesiology and canon law, it is a structural subdivision of the Russian Orthodox Church, which has separate rights of independent formation without its own canonical subjectivity,” the members of the commission noted.
< p> Thus, the UOC-MP continues to be in relation to the ROC in a relationship of subordination, does not act as an independent church and does not proclaim its own independence. Also, there are no documents or actions indicating the transformation of the UOC into an independent religious organization in relation to the ROC,
Expert religious assessment of the status of the UOC-MP was carried out on the basis of the decision of the National Security and Defense Council “On Certain Aspects of the Activities of Religious Organizations in Ukraine and the Application personal special economic and other restrictive measures (sanctions)” dated December 1.
Prepared by: Nina Petrovich