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Supreme Court to consider lawsuits against provision of Tomos to Ukraine

The hearing of the first out of three lawsuits will take place on November 27
13:18, 1 November 2018

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The Supreme Court of Ukraine will consider three lawsuits that demand to cancel the regulation on the support of the appeal of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on the provision of the Tomos on the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church as the press service of the State Court Administration reported.

"The Supreme Court will consider a few lawsuits to Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on the recognition of the regulation dated April 19, 2018 "On support of the appeal of the president of Ukraine to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on the provision of the Tomos on the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church" as illegal," the message said.

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According to the State Court Administration, as of October 30, three similar lawsuits were filed to the court. Two of them will be considered under a simplified procedure without summoning of the sides during not more than 60 days since the opening of the proceedings.

The claimants in these cases are "Religious society of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the church of Saint Nicholas of Berdyansk Eparchy of Berdyansk city, Zaporizhia region" and Gorodnytsky St.George men stavropegial monastery. The lawsuits were filed on October 8 and 9.

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The third proceeding will be considered by the court with the summoning of the sides. The session is appointed for November 27.

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 Tomos towards the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and urges the Verkhovna Rada to support it.

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On April 19, 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 

Since 90-s there are a few jurisdictions in Ukraine that call themselves Orthodox local and autocephaly Churches.

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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.

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