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  • Nina Tkachuk Dimas
       http://risu.org.ua/en/index/all_news/confessional/orthodox_relations/51089/ Filaret: Moscow Will Try To Liquidate Independence of UOC-MP in February 29
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      Filaret: Moscow Will Try To Liquidate Independence of UOC-MP in
      February
      29 January
      2013, 12:44 | Inter-Orthodox
      relations | 0 | | Code for Blog | |
      Patriarch Filaret of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan
      Patriarchate (UOC-KP) has called the bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox
      Church-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) to preserve the self-rule of their Church
      and defend it from the encroachments of the Head of the Russian Orthodox Church
      (ROC), Patriarch Kirill.
       
      So says the Patriarch Filaret’s special address to
      the bishops posted by the web site of the Kyiv Patriarchate.
       
      The primate reminded that last year, ROC already made attempts “to destroy
      the structures of UOC-MP through “bringing the Statutes of UOC in line with the
      Statutes of ROC.” The implementation of that plan was then suspended but was not
      given up. According to Patriarch Filaret, Moscow has now resumed it.
       
      “It is known that under the pretext “of bringing the Statutes of UOC in line
      with the Statutes of ROC,” they intend to pass at the Hierarchical Council of
      ROC on 2-5 February decisions to change the structure of UOC-MP and to introduce
      in it metropolitan circuits after the pattern of Russian ones. It is planned to
      have these changes proposed by Head of the Statutory Committee of UOC-MP,
      Metropolitan Ilarion (Shukalo) of Donetsk of UOC-MP, whose activity at that post
      was extensively criticized by yourselves last year,” reads the address.
       
      According to Patriarch Filaret, if that decision is passed, the Kyiv
      Metropolitanate headed by Metropolitan Volodymyr (Sabodan) will be transformed
      into one of the metropolitanates of the Moscow Ptriarchate in Ukraine.

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