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Ukrainian president asks autonomy for Ukrainian church

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.stetson.edu/~psteeves/relnews/0111c.html#27 Ukrainian president asks patriarch for autonomy for Ukrainian church LEONID KUCHMA SPEAKS OUT WITH
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      Ukrainian president asks patriarch for autonomy for Ukrainian church
      LEONID KUCHMA SPEAKS OUT WITH REGARD TO OVERCOMING SCHISM IN ORTHODOXY IN
      UKRAINE
      Mir religii, 30 November 2001

      The problem of overcoming the schism in Orthodoxy in Ukraine came up on
      Thursday at a luncheon in the Kremlin that included Russian President
      Vladimir Putin, the head of the Ukrainian government, Leonid Kuchma, and
      Patriarch Alexis II of Moscow and all-Rus.

      ITAR-TASS was told at the Moscow patriarchate that Leonid Kuchma laid out
      for the head of the Russian church his own vision of the ways to overcome
      the crisis in church life that has arisen as a result of the fall of the
      Soviet Union. The president of Ukraine is convinced that granting autonomy
      to the Ukrainian Orthodox church of the Moscow patriarchate could resolve
      many of the most painful problems.

      In accordance with the new statute of the Russian church that was adopted
      at the jubilee bishops' council in 2000, the Ukrainian Orthodox church
      (UPTs) that is within the jurisdiction of the Moscow patriarchate received
      the status of a self-governing church. At the same time the council showed
      its readiness to promulgate the autonomy of UPTs, but under the condition
      that this problem will be resolved on a panorthodox level.

      According to Ukrainian bishops who took part in the bishops' council, the
      church public of Ukraine has opposed autonomy because they do not wish to
      break their ties with the mother church, and this condition should be
      respected. At the present time in Ukraine, besides UPTsMP there are two
      other active orthodox churches, the Ukrainian Orthodox church of the Kievan
      patriarchate and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox church. (tr. by PDS,
      posted 30 November 2001)
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