ROC: the Situation around Pochayiv Lavra – the beginning of large-scale pressure on the UOC


The Deputy head of the Synodal Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Archpriest Nikolai Balashov

The abolition of the Ministry of justice re-buildings of the Pochayiv Lavra indicates the beginning of a massive campaign against the canonical UOC, said Archpriest Nikolai Balashov.

The Deputy head of the Synodal Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Archpriest Nikolay Balashov reminded of the recent assurances, including from the President of Petro Poroshenko, the voluntary nature of joining communities ETC. He reported about it “Interfax” on November 23.

“Incoming information suggests preparing a large-scale pressure to the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, its monasteries and temples”, – he stressed.

The Deputy head of the DECR continued: “One that’s just the thing: monks will once or twice and obchelsya”, stressing that the current one Pochaev Lavra of the monk more “than the dissenters of all stripes in all of Ukraine.”

“Who think to settle in the Holy abode, when you manage to expel from them by force (otherwise not out) the true keepers of the monastic tradition? But they are off the path of fidelity to the tradition of the Church is not to collapse. And from Istanbul to new monks to write will not work. It is necessary, apparently, to bring the perpetrators of public procurement on a seasonal contract basis?”, – said the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church.

As reported by the SPM, 23 November the Ministry of justice of Ukraine has canceled the re-construction of the Holy Dormition Pochayiv Lavra. In turn, the Chairman of the legal Department of the UOC Archpriest Oleksandr bakhov said that Pochayiv Lavra continues to be in legal and legitimate use of the brethren of the monastery, despite the decision of the Ministry of justice.

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