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Ukrainian Orthodox (UOC-MP) Respond to President’s Request

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.risu.org.ua/eng/news/article;14504/ Ukrainian Orthodox (UOC-MP) Respond to President’s Request 02.03.2007, [15:57] // UOC-MP // Ukrainian Orthodox
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      Ukrainian Orthodox (UOC-MP) Respond to President’s Request

      02.03.2007, [15:57] // UOC-MP //

      Ukrainian Orthodox (UOC-MP) Respond to
      President’s RequestKyiv— The future of Ukrainian
      Orthodoxy depends not only on the position of the
      bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow
      Patriarchate (UOC-MP), but on “the awareness of
      the tragedy of their position by those who today
      are outside the salvific boundary of the mother
      church.” So wrote the Chancellery of the Kyiv
      Metropolitanate of the UOC-MP in a response sent
      27 February 2007 to a letter sent on 12 February
      by Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko asking
      the UOC-MP and the Ukrainian Orthodox
      Church-Kyivan Patriarchate (UOC-KP) to form a
      joint theological committee to work for the unity of Ukrainian Orthodoxy.

      If “awareness of the tragedy” should come, wrote
      the UOC-MP, problems will be solved.

      The letter also listed the conditions under which
      the UOC-MP will conduct theological dialogue with
      the UOC-KP and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC):

      1. the end of violence by supporters of the UOC-KP against the UOC-MP
      2. the return to the UOC-MP of all church properties taken by force
      3. the non-interference of civil authorities in internal church matters
      4. Patriarch Filaret (Denysenko), head of the
      UOC-KP, cannot participate, as he was excommunicated by the UOC-MP

      Source and previous related RISU news:
      • http://orthodox.org.ua/uk/node/1120
      • http://www.risu.org.ua/eng/news/article;13746/
      • http://www.risu.org.ua/eng/news/article;14424/
      • http://www.risu.org.ua/eng/news/article;14419/
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