The vicar: On the unification Council would not be one of the hierarchs of the UOC

The Deputy kiyevo-Pechersky monastery the Metropolitan Vyshgorodsky and Chernobyl Pavel

None of the hierarchs of the UOC will not participate in the unification Council on the creation of EPTS, said the Metropolitan of Vyshgorod and Chernobyl Paul.

Vicar of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra also said that the authorities are exerting unprecedented pressure on the top clergy of the UOC with the aim to make bishops agree to participate in the Cathedral. He stated this in an interview with “Left Bank”.

On the question of the correspondent of the newspaper, how many bishops of the UOC will participate in the Metropolitan Paul said: “I did”. He also said that Metropolitan Symeon of Vinnytsia and bar would not run in the primates of the new Church structure.

The Lord said that the government by all possible means pressure on the UOC to persuade the clergy to participate in the unification Council. The Hierarch explained: when he came back to Ukraine from a trip for treatment, he was actually trying not to admit into the country.

“I was told SBU that is painted on influential people our names, called Bishop Anthony (the Chancellor of the UOC Metropolitan of Boryspil and Brovarsky Anthony); me, a sinner, and, obviously, the Patriarch (his Beatitude Metropolitan of Kyiv and all Ukraine Onuphrius) that we are in the top three. It revolted me. First they said there will be searches at all,” said Metropolitan Paul.

The Hierarch believes that conducting searches and interrogations of top clergy of the UOC, the authorities despise not the bishops and the whole Church.

He also urged officials and employees of power structures not to break the law and not abuse of official position. “For the time will come – will have to answer before God,” said the Bishop.

As reported by the SPM, 30 November 2018 on the territory of farms of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra in the village of Voronko, Boryspil district, Kyiv region, representatives of the SBU raided and hierarchs and clergy of the UOC is massively summoned to SBU on “conversations” and interviews.


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