Having passed the law on church's commitment to state affiliation with aggressor state, the Ukrainian Parliament did not interfere with the religious affairs in the country. Epifaniy, the Father Superior of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine said that in an interview with one of the Ukrainian TV channels.
'The reality should be in line with the essence. Every Orthodox Ukrainian should realize what kind of church he goes to. Why would one hide under some fancy signboards that are not real? I believe it will not cause any face-off, because currently the Ukrainian law is being put in order, which stipulates a simpler transfer of Orthodox eparchies from the Moscow Patriarchate to the Unified Orthodox Church in Ukraine', the church leader said.
He expressed confidence that making such decisions 'will only ease things, not complicate them'.
Answering to the question about the government's interference in the church life, Epifaniy said the following: 'There's no interference in the church affairs. The state brings the legal basis to order, as the law is based on the state's security. It is the spiritual security of the Ukrainian government. For the Church is the basis that supports the Ukrainian state and the Ukrainian people'.
The head of the Orthodox Church stressed that the Ukrainian nation 'aspired for and expected' that decision of the state.
Earlier, shortly after the creation of the unified local Orthodox church in Ukraine, the Ukrainian Parliament obliged the church organizations to state affiliation with the aggressor state. Under another law passed by the Parliament on Tuesday, December 18, the Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate officially changed its name to the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine.