The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the draft decision #8284 on the support of the appeal of Ukraine’s president to Bartholomew, the Ecumenical Patriarch on the provision of the tome on the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church as 112 Ukraine broadcasted.
Petro Poroshenko was present in the parliament’s hall during the consideration of the draft decision.
‘When you vote, I will be able to report to His Holiness Bartholomew that we all fulfilled our parts of the agreement dated April 9. And let the powerful voice of the millions of the Orthodox Ukrainians, bishops and lay people be heard by the Ecumenical Patriarch and the Synod through the authority, parliament and president’s position’, Poroshenko said.
He noted that he will send the letter-appeal to Istanbul as soon as possible.
The draft decision comes into force since the day of its adoption.
As we reported on April 17, Petro Poroshenko signed an appeal to Bartholomew, the Archbishop of Constantinople and Ecumenical Patriarch with a plea to provide tome towards the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and urges the Verkhovna Rada to support it.
On April 18, Poroshenko held the meeting with the primates of the Orthodox churches and accepted the appeal to Bartholomew, the Ecumenical Patriarch on the provision of the tome on the autocephaly for the Ukrainian church with the signs of all bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kyiv Patriarchate and Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.
Since 90-s there are a few jurisdictions in Ukraine that call themselves Orthodox local and autocephaly Churches.
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Moscow Patriarchate and Metropolis of Bessarabia of the Romanian Orthodox Church have the canonical status. Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kyiv Patriarchate is canonically not recognized.
Also, there is unrecognized Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.