28 December 2018 at the meeting of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Synod members discussed the serious consequences anticanonical and criminal invasion of the Constantinople Patriarchate on the canonical territory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (journal No. 98), reports patriarhiei.
The Holy Synod decided to testify agreed with his assessment of the invasion of the Constantinople Patriarchate on the canonical territory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, expressed in his introductory remarks, his Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill at the session of the Supreme Church Council on 26 December and in the letters of the Patriarch of the primates of the local Orthodox Churches.
Highlighted the non-canonical nature held in Kyiv on December 15 “Unifying Council” composed of members of separatist groups under the leadership of the representative of the Patriarch of Constantinople, Metropolitan Emmanuel of France and the President of Ukraine P. A. Poroshenko.
Agreement was expressed with the canonical evaluation of this event given in the decisions of the Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church from 17 December..
The members of the Synod witnessed the deep concern in connection with the entry into force of the discriminatory law of Ukraine “On amendments to the Law of Ukraine “On freedom of conscience and religious organizations”,” on the basis of which secular politicians are going to seek the deprivation of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of its canonical and legal name, and regard this legislative act as a gross violation of the principle of non-interference in the internal Affairs of religious communities, as enshrined in the Constitution. It was noted that this law is in conflict with the fundamental international instruments on the protection of the rights and freedoms of the individual.
The Synod has decided to appeal to the primates and Holy Synods of the fraternal local Orthodox Churches for their support of Metropolitan of Kyiv and all Ukraine Onufriy, the episcopate, clergy, monastics and faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in connection with and overcome challenges, and to recognize the community established the so-called Unification Council 15 December 2018 in Kiev, as an Autocephalous Local Orthodox Church.