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Reps of Kyivan Patriarchate Comment on Transfer of UAOC Parishes to Their Jurisdiction

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  • Bill Samsonoff
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      Reps of Kyivan Patriarchate Comment on Transfer of UAOC Parishes to
      Their Jurisdiction
      6 April 2013

      Representatives of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patriarchate
      (UOC-KP) commented on the transfer to their jurisdiction of a few dozens
      of parishes of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. In their
      opinion, the clergymen of UAOC resorted to that particularly due to
      differences in views with their primate, Metropolitan Mefodii (Kudriakov).

      β€œIn the last few months, the process of unification of parishes and
      clergymen of UAOC with the Kyivan Patriarchate continued: there are now
      dozens of such communities. The unification is especially active in
      Ternopil Region which vividly shows the disagreement of the clergy and
      parishioners of UAOC with the position of the primate of UAOC,
      Metropolitan Mefodii (Kudriakov), who is personally responsible for the
      breakdown of the three previous unification attempts between UOC-KP and
      UAOC in 2001, 2005 and 2011,” reads the report of the web site of UOC-KP.

      At the same time, as they admit new clergymen, representatives of UOC-KP
      express fear that they may start conflicts within the unified Church by
      virtue of habit.

      β€œAt the same time, one should put a special stress on the idea expressed
      in the decision of the Holy Synod, namely, that the unification process
      should not harm the internal unity of the Kyivan Patriarchate. UOC-KP
      cannot allow the misunderstandings and conflicts, which are typical for
      the life of UAOC, to be brought in our Church because of the
      unification,” warned the reps of UOC-KP.
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