The Verhovna Rada documented the President’s appeal to the Ecumenical Patriarch concerning the creation of a Unified Local Orthodox Church in Ukraine, as Andriy Parubiy, the Spokesperson of the Verkhovna Rada, said during the morning session of the Verkhovna Rada on Wednesday. Rada, the official channel, broadcasted it.
Parubiy said that the relevant appeal of Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine’s President, has been just documented. It is about a draft decree on the support of the Present’s appeal to Bartholomew, the Ecumenical Patriarch, to receive the tomos on the autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.
“I entrust the Functional Committee on Culture and Spirituality to consider the question on an exceptional basis to present it in the Verkhovna Rada tomorrow on Thursday, April 18, 2018. Tomorrow we will consider this decree, I call everyone for coming to the session,” Parubiy said.
He expressed hope for the appeal to get the constitutional majority of votes.
“I believe that the decree will get more than 300 votes as the tomos on the autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine is a fundamental matter of the development and existence of Ukraine. Therefore, I ask everyone to be present at the session tomorrow. As far as I know, the Committee gathers today. I hope that the Committee’s decision will be positive,” the Spokesperson of the Verkhovna Rada stated.
As it was reported earlier, Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine’s President, wrote a letter to the Ecumenical Patriarch requesting to grant Ukraine’s Orthodox Church an autocephaly and called the PMs to support his initiative.
It should be noted that several jurisdictions exist in Ukraine simultaneously since the 1990s. They call themselves Orthodox Local and Autocephalous Churches.
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate and Romanian Orthodox Church of Metropolis of Bessarabia have canonical status. Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate was not acknowledged canonically.
Besides, there is also Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church in Ukraine, which is unacknowledged.