The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine refused to consider two draft laws on religious organizations, which can lead to a ban on the territory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP). The Deputy head of the faction “Block of Petro Poroshenko” Alexey Goncharenko declared this after about a hundred Orthodox held under the wall of the Parliament campaign, which they called prayer, against the adoption of the relevant laws. Are these two events, Goncharenko said.

“It’s not a rally, not a political action, it is prayer. Believers try to appeal to MPs through prayer that is not accepted irreligious, uncivil, unconstitutional laws that Parliament today introduced”, – commented the event the representative of the Synodal information Department of the UOC-MP Bishop Clement (quoted by Depo.Ua).

He explained that prayer is under the walls of Parliament is against two bills in the first reading, due to the consideration of which is under threat may be the activity of the UOC-MP in the country.

“The laws that Parliament today suddenly introduced, are absolutely discriminatory. Deputies are trying to make the harm, or in special conditions to supply only one denomination – the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Our members think that the Church is an institution that sits in my office you can just to close to deny. The Church is the millions of believers,” said Clement.

About “prayer protests”, which will be held under the walls of Parliament, may 18, on the eve told “Izvestia” Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada from the “Opposition bloc” Vadim Novinsky, and he said that believers “will come to the Parliament at the call of hearts,” “not for money, not by coercion but by order of his conscience”. The MP called the campaign “prayerful standing” and “peaceful prayer protest.”

The purpose of standing is “to reason with these umopomracheniya MPs and withdrew his bill, or the majority in the Verkhovna Rada rejected it”. “People will pray that the deputies came to his senses and made the right decision,” explained Novinsky.

It is N4128 the bills “On amendments to the Law of Ukraine “On freedom of conscience and religious organizations” (governing the change of subordination of religious communities religious centers through the registration of the new Charter or amendments and additions to the existing)” and N4511 “On the special status of religious organizations, senior centers, which are located in a state that recognized by the Supreme Rada as the country-aggressor”.

The Deputy head of the faction “Block of Petro Poroshenko” Alexey Goncharenko told reporters on the sidelines of Parliament that Parliament will not consider these bills at the plenary session on may 18, writes “Ukrainian truth”.

“We should not just three times, and three hundred and three times to think before to do any questions related to religion and Church, to intervene through legislative action. I believe that today we should not consider and we do not consider”, – he said.

As transfers “RBC-Ukraine”, Goncharenko said that the part of deputies who make the Parliament a draft laws on religion, I consider them useful for the state, but the part of parliamentarians is doing it on purpose to cause outrage and division of society.

Against the law warned Patriarch Kirill

On the eve of the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill asked about these bills with a letter to the leaders of the “Normandy four” – President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, leaders of France and Germany, the Orthodox churches, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres and the Secretary-General of the world Council of churches Olav tveit of the world Council of churches.

“The adoption of the draft laws jeopardize the constitutional rights of millions of Ukrainian believers, capable to cause a wave of violence and new grips temples, to aggravate a civil conflict in Ukraine, moving it to the religious plane,” is the quotation from the address on the website of the Patriarchate.

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church believes that “in the case of the adoption of these projects will be legalized unheard of in contemporary Europe, discriminatory practices against the majority of the Orthodox population of Ukraine,” reads the website. In addition, the initiative of the Rada could “further” complicate the implementation of the Minsk agreements, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.

The Moscow Patriarchate stated that the bill contradicted the Constitution of Ukraine and applicable laws, and against their decision, and I expressed the Main scientific and expert Department of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the Verkhovna Rada Committee on preventing and combating corruption, as well as representatives of several denominations in Ukraine.

On the eve of the representatives of the nationalist party “Freedom” captured the Holy Dormition Church of the UOC-MP in the village of Star Khmelnitsky region of Ukraine, the Deputy of regional Council from party “Freedom” Victor Burlik took part in the capture, called on the faithful of the UOC-MP to move to the Kyivan Patriarchate.

Earlier, on may 15, supporters of the UOC-KP seized the Orthodox Church in the village Kynakhivtsi Ternopil region, breaking the doors of the temple.

According to the Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada from the “Opposition bloc” Vadim Novinsky, in the last three years in Ukraine was captured by the 46 churches of the UOC-MP, which were subsequently handed over to the schismatics.

UOC is actually split into two Patriarchates: Moscow subordinated the Russian Orthodox Church and the Kiev retains autonomy.



The Verkhovna Rada has postponed consideration of the bills is fraught with the ban of the UOC-MP, after “prayerful standing” of her supporters 18.05.2017

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