The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate intends to appeal to the Constitutional Court the law that obliges the UOC of Moscow Patriarchate to indicate in its title that it belongs to the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC). This is stated in the message of the Synodal informational and educational department of the church.
‘We are determined to protect our rights with all possible legal ways. We sent an appeal to the President of Ukraine, to apply the veto, but, as we see, he did not use such a right... Since there is a violation of constitutional norms and principles, we initiate an appeal to the Constitutional Court,’ reads the message.
Archpriest Oleksandr Bakhov claimed that ‘after this law takes effect, the beginning of its implementation in practice will give us a wider understanding of the human rights actions.’
As it was reported earlier, on December 22, President Petro Poroshenko signed a law obliging the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate to indicate links with the Russian Orthodox Church in its name.
The indicated law, which obliges the church with the center in the aggressor country to designate this in its official name, was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada on December 20. The conclusions of the Main Scientific and Expert Administration stated that the law 'does not comply with the principle of secularism of power in Ukraine and contradicts the norms of the Constitution on equal rights, regardless of the confession'.
Experts noted that in a democratic state of law, there can be no different procedure for exercising the right for freedom of conscience and religion, depending on religious beliefs and other factors. In addition, the Ukrainian legislation already provides that the charter of a religious organization should contain information about the place of the religious organization in the structure of the religious association.